Grapes for the Napa Cellars 2016 Malbec are sourced mostly from Coombsville, Napa Valley, on Vichy Avenue across from Vichy Elementary. The climate in Coombsville is ideal for growing Malbec as the vines gain relatively high amounts of sun and heat in order to mature, especially because of the Malbec grapes’ thick skin. The vines produce fruit with layers of complexity resulting in wines with earthy minerality and exceptional, natural acidity.
Once harvested, the fruit is carefully sorted, de-stemmed and gently crushed. To enhance color and flavor, extensive seed removal occurs and délestage procedures are incorporated during the 15 day maceration period. This process helps to release the aromatic characters to create full, round tannins. After fermentation, the wine is aged in 100% French oak barrels, 46% of which was new, for 24 months.
The Napa Cellars 2016 Malbec is a sophisticated wine that delivers aromas of mint, blackberries, fennel and star anise with warm gingerbread and sage characteristics. Lush flavors of bright, brambly fruit and notes of black cherry, toffee and lingering licorice coat the palate. Firm acidity gives the soft tannins a boost for a firm structure that eases on the gently drying finish. For a decadent meal, pair with chicken drumsticks drizzled with Asian barbeque sauce or chili-rubbed steak.