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Imagery Pine Mountain Malbec 2010

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Aromas of bittersweet chocolate, cherry and herb escape the bottle and flood the air with a mission to tantalize the senses. On the palate, red fruit offers a burst of juicy, sweetness while tannins lead to a soft, luxurious mouthfeel. Lingering cherry and red licorice flavors facilitate the quest to deplete the glass. Enjoy with rich meat dishes like Prime Rib or vegetarian chili. Cellar from 6-10 years.
In 2010 the vineyard experienced one of the coolest summers in 50 years and fought mildew all season. The heat spikes that hit in August and October wiped out as much as 20% of the harvest. Six inches plus of rain in the third week of October put an end to it all—leaving fruit hanging. All that said, and even a little bit bewildering, the grapes that made it through the gauntlet tasted excellent and made some excellent wines. They had beautiful flavors, velvety textures and contours. Sugars were lower than normal, which means less alcohol.

The fruit was fermented in a pumpover tank for over two weeks. The wines were pressed at dryness and aged in 30% new French oak barrels. The final wine was blended and bottled in April 2012.

Malbec, one of the classic red Bordeaux grapes, is an early ripening varietal that yields soft wines of low acidity, moderate tannins and deep ruby color. This vintage comes from the highest elevation vineyard in Sonoma County, which offers rocky volcanic soils, with excellent drainage; an ideal spot to nurture Malbec.

label art by: Barton Benes, New York, New York