Yorkville Cellars is the home of “Malbec 4 Ways”
The Location – Mendocino County
Mendocino County, California – part of the North Coast, which includes the four counties north of San Francisco: Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake. This ultra-premium growing area that Yorkville Cellars calls home produces just 12% of California’s wine.
The Vineyard – Rennie Organic Vineyard
The soils in the Yorkville Highlands viticultural area (AVA) are rocky hill soils characterized by gravel and old brittle rock. These generally thin soils found on the high benches and land troughs are in stark contrast to the loamy clay soils found in the in the two viticultural areas we look out over: Alexander Valley and Anderson Valley. Our Rennie Organic Vineyard sits at about 1,000 ft elevation with southern exposure. Planted in 1990, we’ve spent the last two decades watching its rocky soils be the perfect environment for some of our beloved Bordeaux varietals.
The Varietal – Malbec
In the late 80s, like virtually all wine drinkers in the U.S., we had never tasted a Malbec. When we planted it, we planned on using it as a blending grape in a Bordeaux wine. We waited patiently for the vines to mature in the vineyard before harvesting our first crop, only to wait again for the wine to mature in-barrel. We finally tasted our own Rennie Vineyard Malbec seven years later. Stunned by its uniqueness, we decided to produce the Malbec and the other Noble Reds as single varietals. Fascinated by its singularity, Malbec quickly became a favorite. Our 2015 Malbec table wine is our 21st consecutive vintage.
We now have three clones of Malbec in our vineyard: FPS #9 (COT clone 180 from France), #595 EV (originated in Cahors), and FPS #4 Bordeaux, each annually certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF).
The Results – “Malbec 4 Ways”
We had never heard of Sweet Malbec, but in 2006, inspired by the luscious juice we tasted while regularly checking Brix during each harvest, we conceived the idea to produce one. Our experiment quickly grabbed the attention of our customers, wine critics, and wine judges, garnering two double-gold medals in consecutive productions. In 2013, we produced our inaugural Sparkling Malbec Brut Rosé, which sold out in four months. This year, we launched our first Vin D’une Nuit Malbec Rosé, which was awarded 94 pts./Gold Medal at the North Coast Wine Challenge!
What started as an exploration of one component of the traditional Bordeaux blend has taken us on a 21-year journey that will undoubtedly continue to grow and evolve. Experience all four Malbecs for yourself at Yorkville Cellars.
Sat. Nov 3rd & Sun. 4th | Malbec & Mushrooms Feast
Enjoy multiple vintages of Malbec from grapes organically farmed in front of the tasting room. A full fare of mushroom dishes featuring fungi foraged in Mendocino's forests will be served: pork, porcini, and pumpkin cassoulet; mushroom mac; onion and chanterelle tart, mushroom medley mousse...and more. $10 /person for the vintage tasting; no charge for wine club members. Complimentary tasting at the bar. On Saturday, local artist Svetlana Artemoff will join us in the tasting room and demonstrate how to create collages with a mushroom theme. (11 AM - 4 PM).
Fri. Nov 9th thru Sun. 11th / “Malbec 4-Ways”
Where else could you find this but Yorkville? Taste our Sparkling Malbec Brut Rose', Malbec table wine, Sweet Malbec, as well as Rose' of Malbec; all from our certified organic vineyard. Served with tasty and tantalizing mushroom themed appetizers and desserts. No reservation necessary; complimentary to all club members and their invited guests. Part of the Mendocino Mushroom Festival - Nov. 6 thru 15th.