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2013 Firestone Vineyard Malbec, Santa Ynez Valley

2013 Firestone Vineyard Malbec, Santa Ynez Valley

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SKU: 004746

Fruit-forward aromas and flavors of black cherry, raspberry, and blueberry cream pie give way to hints of mulled spices, pepper and vanilla bean. Soft tannins and nice acidity prime the palate for a long finish.

Winemaker Notes
Malbec is a thick-skinned grape variety that thrives in warm, sunny conditions like we enjoy at our estate in the Santa Ynez Valley. Fruit-forward aromas and flavors of black cherry, raspberry, and blueberry cream pie give way to hints of mulled spices, pepper and vanilla bean. Its soft tannins and nice acidity prime the palate for a long, rich finish.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair this wine tomato-based pastas, roasted duck, or grilled steak.
Composition
89% Malbec, 9% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot
Wine Specs
Vintage
2013
Varietal
Malbec
Appellation
Santa Ynez Valley
Acid
6.1 g/L
pH
4.05
Aging
18 months in French, Hungarian and American oak, 33% new
Bottling Date
August 31, 2015
Alcohol %
14.2
Production Notes
The 2013 growing season was one of the most amazing we have seen in the last several years. Despite modest rainfall, the timing of the fruit development was ideal. Bud break began in the second week of March and a warm spring led to slightly earlier bloom and fruit set. A typical sunny Santa Ynez summer allowed for optimal staggered ripening of each varietal and we experienced a harvest lasting nearly 3 months.
Vineyard Notes
The Santa Ynez Valley is located just two hours north of Los Angeles and five hours south of San Francisco, adjacent the cold Pacific Ocean. With the greatest concentration of wineries in Santa Barbara County - roughly 18% of its total land planted to vineyards - it is among the favorite weekend destinations for wine aficionados in the Central Coast region.
Production
Only 639 cases produced

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