UPPER RIDGE VINEYARD | PINE MOUNTAIN / CLOVERDALE PEAK
Tasting Notes: Malbec thrives in the high hills of Argentina, with rocky, volcanic soils offering excellent drainage making it ideal for nurturing this varietal. Our own Malbec comes from our Upper Ridge Vineyard, which features similar elevation and growing conditions to its South American origins. Small lot fermentation preserves character and gives us flexibility in crafting the final blends. The 2016 vintage brought highlights of blueberry and blackberry flavors with subtle notes of spice, creating a well-balanced wine.
Vineyard: Our Upper Ridge Vineyard sits at an elevation of about 2600 feet making it one of the highest elevated vineyards in Sonoma County. With large diurnal temperature swings, ideal exposures, and an array of micro-climates, this site allows for a longer growing season making it a one-of-a-kind place for each of the eleven different varietals grown.
Vintage: We had become accustomed to working with limited amounts of water due to the drought, but this year we worried about abundance - it was a wet winter. Despite early season warmth and rain challenges, once we hit ripening season we had great weather for the hanging fruit to reach full maturity and to achieve ideal flavors and balance.
Winemaker: Joe Benziger
Harvested: September-October 2016
Label Artist: Stephen Galloway | San Francisco, CA
Gold - SF Chronicle Wine Competition