2018 Single Vineyard Limited Malbec - Hedges Family Estate
Tasting Notes: Gorgeous purple magenta color. Malbec from Red Mountain is a treat and right away you notice a lot of dark blackberry, cherry, and black pepper. Spice, fruit, vanilla, cocoa, and a touch of lemon zest, jasmine and cumin create such a complex aroma that it’s hard to stop smelling it. The palate has some up-front acidity which is balance by a soft and full mid-palate with dark fruit flavors. The length is short and spicy, with a bit of elegance. Production: Grapes are from Hedges Estate Vineyard, high density block, which is in the Red Mountain AVA and is biodynamically farmed. This wine was wild fermented for 6 days on the skins while being pumped over twice daily before pressing to barrels. It was 100% barrel aged for 19 months in neutral oak. Cellaring: As with all Red Mountain red wines, it should age well, probably peaking in 15 years, but still a great wine even at 20-30 years old. Harvest notes: The 2017-2018 winter was extremely mild, fairly dry and quite the opposite of the snow and ice ravaged winter we saw the year before. This mild winter really tricked the vines and other early Spring bud pushing plants to sprout out quickly. Hedges’ estate vineyards were pruned early (beginning in late January) in anticipation for this early bud break and the vines really responded well. We added a few more Biodynamic practices into the mix, such as home brewed horsetail tea spray, which helped us escape some mildew pressure in June. The heat of summer and long sunny days advanced ripening, but the maturation period of early September.