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2017 Reserve Malbec - Napa Valley bottle shot
Rutherford Ranch
Reserve

Malbec

Napa Valley

2017

  • Appellation: Napa Valley
  • Aging: 14 months is small oak barrels
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
Olive Branch
Intense aromas of dark plum, blueberry, sweet oak and violet. Rich and full-bodied, with a velvety mouthfeel and deliciously complex flavors of dark fruit and sweet tobacco. 83% Malbec, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot

Vineyard Notes

The winter of 2016-2017 broke the drought for most of California. Napa Valley received much needed rainfall throughout the season, totaling almost 60 inches of rain. The vines responded with full, healthy canopies for the long growing season. The weather was warm and sunny all season, which allowed the fruit to ripen at a slow and steady pace.

Food Pairing Notes

We recommend enjoying this Reserve Malbec with a cheese board of Manchego, English Aged Cheddar and Spanish Chorizo, followed by grilled salmon, braised brisket or marinated skirt steak. For a special treat, serve with savory smoked duck. Finish the meal with a rich salted dark chocolate!

Production Notes

While this intense varietal is often used in blends, our winemaking team decided to highlight the unique characteristic of the varietal in this carefully crafted Reserve Malbec. This wine was hand-selected from individual barrels to showcase the beautifully deep color, soft mouthfeel and vibrant fruit that are distinctively Malbec.