2010 was a very hot year, which led to strong ripening, a fact that benefitted the Malbec, a variety that prefers a warm climate.
Malbec grapes grow in large, well-formed clusters that require pruning on a regular basis. This allows each grape to fully ripen, which in turn allows for the rich flavor and color to be transferred to the wine. Harvesting takes place in mid-September when the grapes reach a sugar level of 26 Brix. Malbec is deep purple in color, although it closely resembles black in appearance. It combines the flavor of dried European plums along with that of tobacco spices. It’s rough and sharp flavor leaves a pleasant and prolonged finish on the palate.
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