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2018 Reserve Malbec - Napa Valley bottle shot
Rutherford Ranch
Reserve

Malbec

Napa Valley

2018

  • 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.

Vineyard Notes

2018 was a truly exceptional year for ripening grapes. Winter started out with very little rainfall, which made growers worry that it may be another year of drought. When March arrived, however, it brought along the much-needed rainfall that helped fill the root zone, water table and some reservoirs. The vines came out of winter dormancy and began the season with ample water and abundant sunshine.

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.