2009 SINGLE VINEYARD LIMITED MALBEC

2009 SINGLE VINEYARD LIMITED MALBEC
2009 SINGLE VINEYARD LIMITED MALBEC
Tasting notes

Dark purple, almost black color. Juicy aromas of ripe, sweet blackberries, toasted vanilla and clove spice, black cherry cola with hints of menthol, mint, cocoa, black licorice and dried herbs. The palate is full bodied with the slightly sweet, lush entry typical of Malbec and good mid-palate volume, black berry and black cherry cola flavors and hints of mincemeat, clove spice and toast. The finish is long and well structured with a hint of tartness. 

Production notes

Grapes are 100% Red Mountain AVA from Hedges Estate Vineyard’s North, South Block and High Density blocks. This wine was cold soaked overnight then co-inoculated with yeast and m-l bacteria, fermented for 9 days on skins while being pumped over twice daily before pressing to barrels. 100% barrel aged for an average of 14 months in 2/3 new/1/3 older oak consisting of  67% French and 33% American.

Other notes

Harvest Notes: 2009 was a fairly “normal” year early on, which led to normal set. The summer had normal heat units but about half the average number of days over 100 Fahrenheit, which meant photosynthesis was maximized, leading to earlier than usual sugar accumulation and concurrent ripening of normally separated varieties. Combine this with a hotter than normal 3rd week of September, which caused some premature shriveling, and a frost the 10th of October, and it made for a very busy first 3 weeks of  September and a “crazy” last week of September and 3 weeks in October. Our vineyards and those we purchase fruit from worked diligently to harvest “on time”, which maximized fruit quality, leading to another great vintage.

Vintage2009
VarietalMalbec
Varietal Composition100% Malbec
AppellationRed Mountain
Acid7.2 g/L
PH3.52
Alcohol13.70%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date11/09/2010
Cases Produced71 cases
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