Sweet Malbec 2017
A refreshing, slightly sweet summer red wine that we like as an aperitif or with lighter desserts. Wine writer and sommelier, Chris Sawyer, suggested that his perfect match would be cheesecake with a raspberry coulis. Notice the sparkle in the wine and a little spritz on the tongue. Sweet, yet very refreshing in the way fresh squeezed juice is. Serve chilled.
Never heard of a Sweet Malbec? Neither had we...
We, and especially our young children at the time, always loved the taste of the juice from the freshly pressed Malbec grapes and thought we could make a delicious wine which would retain that fresh-squeezed juice flavor. “I could see this being a huge hit at holiday parties." (Terroirist Blog - Review by Isaac Baker)
Harvested Sep. 29th. We selected fruit from the knoll in our Rennie Vineyard where the grapes hung in large bunches with plump berries. Fermented in a tank with a special cooling jacket, this wine 25 days to reach the sugar level we wanted. The slow fermentation gave a vibrant fruit quality to this wine.
We then stopped the fermentation at 9.5% alcohol (our regular Malbec varietal table wine is 13.5%) while leaving 6.6% residual sugar, nowhere near the 18% to 25% sugar level that late harvest desert wines typically have. Bottled the following March after the wine was settled with no oak contact, this is best consumed young – soon is good.
Awards By Vintage – Sweet Malbec, Our Rennie Organic Vineyard
2016 - Silver, Pacific Rim Wine Comp: Silver, Orange County Wine Comp
2012 - 90 pts, Food & Beverage World
2011 - 88 pts, Food & Beverage World
2010 - Gold & Best of Class, Pac Rim; 90 pts, Food & Beverage World
2009 - Double Gold, Mendocino County Fair
2006 - Double Gold, Mendocino County Fair