2019 Rockpile Malbec
Buck Pasture Vineyard
16 months in oak barrels, 100% French
Back in the early days at our family’s ranch, when you wanted to find a big buck, you went to the Buck Pasture. These days, the Buck Pasture is home to some of our Bordeaux varieties: Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. With an elevation of nearly 1,100 feet, an average slope of 25 degrees and sweeping southwestern sun exposures, it’s a perfect place to grow Malbec. Composed primarily of gravelly loam soils, there is very little water retention, which limits the vigor and yield of these vines.
On the nose, this wine exudes crushed fresh summer-ripened blackberry, perfumy violet petals, candied blueberry and a subtle pulse of shaved green peppercorn. With some aeration, the palate opens to juices of a baked blackberry cobbler. Silky tannins, with details of roasted coffee bean complement the long dark-fruit and energetic finish. Enjoy our 2019 Rockpile Malbec over the next 5-7 years.