Gold Medal/91 points - 2023 Orange County Wine Competition
Aromas of ripe black raspberries, sage, and cocoa. Flavors of dried plums, cedar and sweet tobacco accompany this wine’s bright acidity and fine-grained tannins with a long, robust finish.
The 2020 Cavern Select Malbec has aromas of ripe black raspberries, sage, and cocoa. Flavors of dried plums, cedar and sweet tobacco accompany this wine’s bright acidity and fine-grained tannins with a long, robust finish.
Malbec originates from France but was revived by Argentina. Argentina is still the primary producer in the world. In Paso, we can see cyclic crop and maturity patterns. This means that there is a level of unpredictability about the variety. When grown is cooler parts of Paso like Willow Creek, Adelaida, and Templeton Gap Malbec can show impressive intensity and fruit flavor.
Wood fired Italian pizza, braised short ribs, eggplant parmesan; Cheese: manchego, epoisses
Vintage 2020 began with an encouraging mild start and lower than average rainfall. Bud break and bloom were a couple weeks later than average, setting the growing season back slightly. Temperatures rose significantly in August, shortening the seasonal delay. Heat waves plagued the season from August to October, with temperatures over 110°F for extended periods of time. Harvest began on August 17th, with white wines showing great quality despite the heat. At the end of one of the warmest vintages in Paso, we have found wine flavors and quality to be very good with excellent concentration.
18 Months French Oak
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