2008 MALBECWine Match Special Selection

100% Malbec
Airfield Estates

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WINE DETAILS
retail price: $28.00
club price: $22.40
available:None
cases:219
formats: 750mL
released:May 12, 2010
date profiled:Mar 14, 2011
region:Columbia Valley
AVA:Yakima Valley
vineyards:Airport Ranches
estate fruit:Yes
single vineyard: Yes
brix at harvest:24.9°
alcohol:14.8%
fined:No
filtered:Yes
oak type:60% French |30% Americ ... 60% French |30% American |10% Hungarian  
oak barrels:30% New  
oak aging: 19 Months  
 
varietal%AVAclone
malbec 100%
 
ships to: AK AZ CA CO CT FL GA HI ID IL IN IA LA MI MN MO NE NV NM NY NC ND OH OR SC TX VT VA WA WI WY
 
Winemaker Marcus Miller Notes
The Malbec was sourced from the J-2 block located within our Black Rock Vineyard (part of Airport Ranches.) This block is situated on gently sloping warden silty loam soils with a southwesterly orientation and an elevation of approximately 1040 feet above sea level. Planted in 2006, we have been very pleased with the performance of these young wines. With a targeted yield of 3 tons per acre, the vineyard bears fruit of intense flavor and color.

Our winemaking begins with a pre-sort of the fruit to make sure only ideal clusters get vinified. After being destemmed, a gentle peristaltic pump is used to transfer the must to the fermentation vessel. The wine is fermented in 6 ton stainless steel tanks and 1 ton stainless steel ferme ...more... ntors. Pump-overs, Rack and Returns, and Punch-downs are used to extract tannin and color from the skin. Ideal peak ferment temperatures are 80-84 degrees. After the wine has finished fermenting it is pressed and settled for 48 hours before going to barrel. Barrels are typically 25%-35% new, and are composed of 60% French, 30% American, and 10% Eastern European. The wine goes through malolactic fermentation in barrel and then is racked. Blending occurs during the 2nd racking, usually in April. Racking continues every 3 months until the wine is finally bottled in May after 19 months in barrel. Prior to bottling, the wine is pad filtered and bottled using screw cap closures.

COLOR: Dark purple garnet
NOSE: Aromas of blackberry, plums, and a hint of white pepper and toasted oak.
PALATE: Full-bodied with a velvety texture, concentrated flavors of dark berries, and a long lasting finish.
PEAK DRINKING: Now through 2018.
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