Nose

ripe plums, wild mountain blackberries, black currants and black cherries.

Palate

Oak spice.

Growing Conditions

“Early, Even & Excellent” was the bumper sticker for the growing season on Mount Veeder, beginning with a moderately warm spring with very little moisture, following an even drier winter. Bud break through flowering without any challenges set the stage for an early and abundant harvest. Just one heat spike was noted in the summer, allowing Malbec to lazily hang on the vines and ripen with determination. A quick bit of rain threw a scare in September (and of course, in late August the South Napa Earthquake got our attention) but harvest in some blocks started mid-September, finally finishing a month later.

Aging

18 months in French Oak barrels (50% new)

Appearance

deep, rich color

Food Pairing

Braised or grilled meats like lamb, pork or duck dressed with sweet onions and earthy accents from mushrooms, eggplant and wild fennel. Hard cheeses with popular sea salt crystals such as Bravo Farms Silver Mountain or Beecher’s Flagship Reserve.