2012 GW SMITH MALBEC RESERVEWine Match Special Selection

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WINE DETAILS
retail price: $38.00
club price: n/a
available:None
cases:144
formats: 750mL
released:Oct 1, 2015
date profiled:May 23, 2016
region:Columbia Valley
AVA:Horse Heaven Hills
vineyards:Coyote Canyon Vineyard
estate fruit:Yes
single vineyard: Yes
brix at harvest:26.4°
alcohol:14.4%
fined:No
filtered:Yes
oak type:60% French |40% Americ ... 60% French |40% American  
oak barrels:25% New  
oak aging: 22 Months  
 
varietal%AVAclone
malbec 98% Horse Heaven Hills
syrah/shiraz 2% Horse Heaven Hills
 
ships to: AL AZ CA CO FL ID IL MA MI MN MO NY NC OR TX WA
 
Winemaker Justin Michaud Notes
Malbec has always been one of my favorite wines to make, the unique color and flavors always seem to stand out. The 2012 vintage was a little cooler and I think that makes this vintage a little leaner than some years but still rich and unique. A little Syrah was added to the blend to smooth it out some but Malbec is deffinitely the star here. Tasting Notes: Named after "Big John", he was the John J. Ascuagas' Golden Nugget sale topper bull in 1974. Think black cherries coated with oak dusting as you smell this wine. After a few minutes the wine begins to open up and the fruit becomes stronger while some interesting leather notes come around. The flavor starts out big and bold but rounds into a medium bodied wine with lots of texture. The t ...more... annins are subtle and add complexity to the wine.
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