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New Release

Reserve Malbec

Introducing our first ever Reserve Malbec wine, hand-crafted in our small lot artisan cellar from our uniquely situated Sonoma County vineyards. Visitors to the winery often ask what “Reserve” means to us. It’s simple. Reserve means the winemaker’s careful blend of individual Malbec lots made from time tested, meticulously farmed sections of some of the very best, hillside vineyards in Sonoma County. The diverse influence of cool Pacific Coast breezes, volcanic soil and mountainous terrain, all contribute to the ideal growing conditions for this varietal.

Rich, lush and structured, the 2013 vintage displays intense aromas and flavors of blackberry, black currant, cassis and crushed violet. It is velvety with a smooth, lingering finish of toasty baking spices, vanilla and cocoa. Enjoy this wine now with braised short ribs, roasted leg of lamb or roasted root vegetables or lay a few bottles down in your cellar to enjoy in 4 to 6 years.

“We are proud to lead the way with our Reserve Malbec, another world class wine from our estate vineyards in Sonoma County.”
- Tom Klein, Proprietor

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In The Vineyard

Sonoma County

Malbec grows best on hillsides and at high altitudes, and in 2013 that’s exactly what we had for this wine – dry, frost-free spring, a warm summer and a warm rain free autumn that allowed for picking the fruit perfectly mature. For this initial vintage of Reserve Malbec, we selected the finest blocks from vineyards in Knights Valley and Alexander Valley, as well as a substantial amount from our prized new vineyard, Cooley Ranch, in the remote highlands of Sonoma County. This hand-crafted wine captures the style and flavor profile of the finest Malbec.

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Our Philosophy

Malbec has proven to be particularly well suited to the unique climate and soil combinations of the Sonoma County regions. Over the last four years, we have added 60 acres of Malbec to our estate vineyard portfolio throughout Alexander Valley and Northern Sonoma County. Select areas within each vineyard are hand harvested individually, fermented separately and aged in the finest French oak barrels. After about six months, each lot is tasted and graded and only the Malbec lots that display depth, richness, intensity, and age worthiness are considered for Reserve Malbec. The blend is then assembled, and the wine is returned to barrels to facilitate flavor integration. The wine is aged an additional 18 to 24 months, depending on the vintage, before bottling.