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2013 J. Davies Malbec (1 X 750 ML) - SOLD OUT
The Malbec grape was first planted on the historic Schramsberg Diamond Mountain property in 1998. Since that time, a total of five small blocks, totaling a mere 2.7 acres of planted vines, have been designated to the Malbec grape. Initially unsure of how Malbec would fit into the still wine program, it quickly become a winemaker favorite and has been used as a blending component in every vintage crafted of the J. Davies Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. The five Malbec blocks are spread across the property’s 41 acres of planted vineyards, ranging from 500 ft. up to 1,000 ft. in elevation, and featuring a diversity of soil types, ranging from red clay, loam and gravel. The vines on the property produce low-yielding grape clusters, with juice that has delicious balance and intense rich flavors. This breadth of varying soils, elevation, sun exposure and concentrated flavors provides the winemaking team the ability to produces a deep range of barrel lots from which all of the J. Davies Estate wines are crafted.
Aromas of black plum, baking spice, and anise are accentuated by marionberry and dried lavender. The broad, juicy entry of raspberry and milk chocolate are infused with hints of leather and vanilla, which are sustained by a rich, silky finish.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies
Stand-alone Malbec is often a bit tough and given to prominent tannins, but it is juicy blackberry and blueberry fruit that dictates terms here. While the wine has good size and structure, it is not in the least rough, and it is both juicy and nicely extracted with plenty of length. There are integral tannins enough to provide structure, but there is nothing at all crude or abrasive about it even now, and, if built to improve for upwards of a half-dozen years, it is so well appointed in fruit that those short on patience can be forgiven for pulling its cork and pouring it alongside a rare rib-eye steak right now.- Connoisseurs' Guide To California Wine (April 2017)