2016 À Bloc Malbec

2016 À Bloc Malbec
2016 À Bloc Malbec

100% Malbec - 47% Olsen Ranch Vineyard, 40% Champoux Vineyard, and 13% Less Collines Vineyard. À Bloc is a cycling term that means "to go all out, even beyond the point of recovery" (do not forget the diacritical mark above the À, it sounds like "ahhh"). It is also a metaphor for the winemaking at Isenhower Cellars.

Tasting notes

Ultra-dark black-purple hue with the characteristic Malbec purple-red rim.  Aromas of blackberry, loose leaf tobacco, and wet forest undergrowth leap out of the glass with hints of coconut, brown spices, and vanilla underneath.  The À Bloc has flavors of blackberries, red plums, vanilla, and a hint of sweet butterscotch.  The Malbec is very fresh and lively with acidity.  The tannins are "present" on the finish but in a refreshing way that makes the À Bloc perfect with sauce-driven cuisines.

Production notes

The À Bloc is comprised of 100% Malbec (47% Olsen Ranch Vineyard, 40% Champoux Vineyard, and 13% Les Collines Vineyard).  We are very excited to work with Champoux Vineyard, recognized as Washington's best vineyard.  All the grapes were hand-harvested, hand-sorted, and destemmed without crushing.  To concentrate the resulting wine, we bled off 8% of the juice before the native yeasts started the fermentation.  All the Malbec lots were aged in 100% French Oak, only 20% new.  Our focus in 2016 was using less new oak and using lighter toasted barrels.  Light toasted barrels increase freshness and heighten the feeling of acidity in the Malbec.

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Varietal Composition100% Malbec
AppellationColumbia Valley
VineyardOlsen Ranch Vineyard, Champoux Vineyard, Les Collines Vineyard
Residual Sugar< 0/1 g/liter
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date06/26/2018
Cases Produced364

47% Olsen Ranch Vineyard, 40% Champoux Vineyard, and 13% Les Collines Vineyard

Brett Isenhower

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