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2018 Malbec

Pocai Vineyard

Finally, the Malbec is back.  .8 acres made, just for you! Usually blended into our red wines, Malbec can be a treat when bottled on its own. This is a great example of this. The aroma of plums, cassis, and blueberry pie matches the palate. Lavender, red licorice, and hints of toasted cedar and earth sneak out as the wine opens up. A spicy finish of white pepper and cinnamon completes this wine. This wine is very limited to 50 cases.

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Wine Specs
Calistoga-Napa Valley
Vineyard Designation
Pocai Vineyard
Harvest Date
October 29, 2018
16 months 100% French oak
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Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
The Pocai Vineyard has been continuously farmed by our family for over 100 years, ever since Betty Ballentine’s grandfather purchased it in 1906. Purchased with a pile of gold coins, Pocai Vineyard is the heart and soul of the Ballentine Family Estate. Located on the southern edge of the Calistoga Appellation. The soil is Bale gravelly loam, the rockiest soil of our three vineyards, the fertility of the soil is low, but the drainage is excellent and is perfect for growing powerful red grapes.
Production Notes
100% French Oak Tank, aged 16 months
Winemaker Notes
Our third vintage of the newly planted Malbec from the Pocai Vineyard gave us enough volume to use as a blender and also bottle some on its own. Our first vintage from this vineyard found its way into almost every wine as a blending. It was such a lovable expression of Malbec, that it brought life and complexity to almost everything it came in touch with. Since then, we wanted to show what a special and rare wine this was to our members.
Food Pairing Notes
BBQ Pork Ribs with sweet BBQ sauce, lean proteins like grilled skirt steak or chicken, Oreos
50 cases made
Other Notes
98% Malbec, 1.5% Cabernet Franc, .5% Cabernet Sauvignon
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