2014 Restoration Red Malbec

2014 Restoration Red Malbec
2014 Restoration Red Malbec

100% Les Collines Vineyard Malbec

A portion of the sales of the Restoration Red Malbec will be donated to support the mission of the Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship.  The institute's goals are to restore the prairie ecosystem and native plants on Whidbey Island and educate the next generation of restoration specialists.

Tasting notes

Nearly glass staining purple/black hue with a red rim. Aromas of blackberry, pomegrantes, violets, and hints of peppercorn, dried sage, and earth. Copious intensity and sweetness in the mouthfeel. Gobs of blackberries and marionberry fruit flavors with hints of dust, dried spices, and baking spices. The long finish features a beautiful ballet of tannins, acidity, and blackberry fruit. Tour de force! Enjoy through 2027.

Production notes

2014 was a remarkable vintage. It was the second warmest vintage in Washington State history, very prolific in tons of grapes per acre harvested, and one of the highest quality vintages ever. At 1242 feet elevation, Block 42 Malbec at Les Collines is one of the highest elevation vineyard sites in the Walla Walla Valley. The high elevation allows the vines to slowly ripen the Malbec grapes to perfect flavors. All the grapes were hand harvested on October 15th. The grapes were hand sorted and destemmed, and fermented by yeasts native to Les Collines. The fermentation was punched down three times a day until pressing. Only the free wine was retained to create this amazing single vineyard Malbec. The Malbec was aged in French Oak barrels (33% new), barrel stirred three times, and aged sur lie prior to bottling in July, 2016.

Varietal Composition100% Les Collines Vineyard Malbec
AppellationWalla Walla Valley
VineyardLes Collines
Acid5.3 g/Liter
Residual Sugar< 0.2 g/Liter
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date06/06/2016
Cases Produced68 cases

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