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2018 Malbec

2018 Malbec
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This vintage rated 92 points by

Continuing a history over two decades of high accolades.

24 Consecutive Vintages of Rennie Vineyard Malbec

Our Rennie Organic Vineyard was planted in 1990. It features a split canopy, quadrilateral cordon with a 9’ x 6’ spacing. It rests on benchlands at about 1,000 ft. elevation with a southern exposure.

   At the time we first planted Malbec there were fewer than 100 acres of it in the whole state. With two additions over the years we now have three clones: FPS #9 (COT clone 180 from France), #595 EV (originated in the town of Cahors), FPS #4 from Bordeaux. We’ve found that each of the clones contributes a range of aromas and flavors thereby adding increased complexity.

Some Fun Facts - The "Black Wines"

The red wines (minimum of 70% Malbec of the Lot Valley vineyards have such a deep color that they are commonly known as the Black Wines of Cahors, a town located east of Bordeaux in western France. Loved by Roman Emperors, who authorized the vines to be planted some 2,000 years ago, Cahors wine was on the tables at the marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry Plantagenet in 1152. Popes (especially Jean XXII, himself a Cahorsin), Kings and Russian Czars loved the stuff and its reputation spread far and wide.

Awards By Vintage – Malbec, Our Rennie Organic Vineyard  

2018 - 92 pts.
2017 - 93 pts.
2016 - 95 pts. Gold Medal, S.F. International Wine Competition
2015 - "Highly Recommended,"
2014 - 91 pts,
2013 - 93 pts,
2012 - Silver, Orange County Fair
2010 - Gold & Best of Class, New World;  91 pts, Beverage Tasting Institute
2009 - 91 pts, Food & Beverage World;  89 pts, Ken's Wine Guide
2007 - 91 pts, Food & Beverage World
2006 - Gold & Best of Class, California State Fair
2005 - Best of Class, California State Fair
2004 - Gold & Best of Class, New World;  Best of Class, California State Fair
2003 - Gold, New World International;  Gold, Orange County
2001 - Gold, World Wine Market
2000 - Silver, L.A. County
1999 - Silver, S.F. Chronicle
1997 - Gold, Grand Harvest Awards
1996 - 86 pts, Beverage Tasting Institute

Wine Specs
Yorkville Highlands
Vineyard Designation
Rennie Organic Vineyard
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