Savage Grace Malbec 2013
Vineyard Source: Dineen Vineyard, Rattlesnake Hills, WA
Harvest: Picked 11/1/2013, Brix=22.5
Processing (Wine Making):80% whole-clusters used in fermentation.
Alcohol: 12.7%, Final pH=3.7, TA = 5.1 g/l.
Tasting Notes: Blackberry, pepper, and anise.
Aspect/Altitude/Climate/Soil: South facing at 1050-1140 feet. Harvard-Burke/ Scoon silt loam soil, with calcium carbonate sub-soil.
Production: 94 cases
Winemaker Comments: "This Malbec reminds me of some of the Malbecs I’ve tasted from the Loire Valley, where the wine is called Cot. The flavors and aromas are intense and uniquely Malbec, yet the wine is lighter in body than is normally expected from the varietal. The wine was fermented using mostly whole clusters, to accentuate the spicy characters in the wine, and then aged for a short time in neutral French oak before bottling.” —Michael Savage