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This 2012 Reserve Malbec opens with vivid aromas of fresh blackberry and boysenberry jam, chai tea notes, clove and a high-tone violet floral note. The inviting nose leads to lush palate with powerful yet smooth tannins. Flavors of boysenberry pie, cherry and spice are distinct on the full-bodied palate. The wine is round and plush with balanced acidity leading to a long, flavorful finish.
Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren has championed Malbec and believes the variety flourishes in Sonoma at selected sites. It has become one of her favorite wines to bottle as a varietal. The Malbec for this wine comes from the Asti Vineyard in Alexander Valley at the northern end of Sonoma County as well as the St. Jean Estate vineyard in the heart of Sonoma Valley. The beautiful 2012 growing season resulted in wines with great depth of flavor, intense color and excellent balance. The Malbec consistently ripened with a concentrated core of fruit balanced by bright acidity.