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2015 Cavern Select Malbec

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2015 Cavern Select Malbec

Bottled: July 2017

Production: 219 cases

Released: October 2017

Technical Information:

97% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Merlot

pH: 3.68

Total Acidity: 6.75 g/L

Alcohol 15.0%

100% Barrel Aged 18 Months (50% new French and European oak, 50% neutral French oak)

Tasting Notes:

                Visual: Deep ruby in color

                Aroma: Black cherry, menthol, cigar box

                Taste: Ripe red berries, dried herbs,

                Body: Fine, dusty tannins and juicy, plush mid-palate

                Finish: long toasted oak finish

 Vineyard Notes:

97% Estate Terrace Ranch in the Estrella sub-appellation of the Paso Robles AVA

Vintage Notes:

The 2015 vintage was another challenging season in Paso Robles. We began our spring with marginal moisture, the product of meager winter rains. This dry start was followed by above average warm temperatures into April, at which point we experienced an unusual cool down. This cooling lasted through May, which gave us a tough start to the growing season. The volatile temperatures along with untimely winds resulted in poor flowering and fruit set, equaling a less than average crop. Temperatures remained moderate until an extended heat spike in early September, moderating back to normal temperatures to finish the season. Overall, we experienced a vigorous early harvest season with good conditions for ripening.

Winemaker Notes:

Every so often, a wine surprises us. The 2015 Malbec is one of these wines. This wine is normally a friendly addition to our Meritage blend but this year we kept it separate, eager to watch it evolve. By April of this year, we knew it needed to be released as a standalone varietal. If you remember the 2012 Malbec, which was featured on a Cab Collective panel earlier this year, this wine was made from the same vineyard. The 2012 continues to age beautifully, as will the 2015 over the next 5-7 years.

Cavern Select

Robert Hall’s Cavern Select wines are offered exclusively to our Cavern Club members and tasting room guests. Selected from the best barrels available in our wine cavern, these varietals and blends are made in limited production to showcase the highlights of each vintage.

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Paso Robles
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