A great example of varietal Malbec. Bright crimson red color. Intensely fruity with hints of raspberry and blackberry, earthiness, cedar and light spicy notes with sweet vanillin oak in the background. Berry fruit characters dominate the palate in this elegant style of wine which has a similar structure to that of Merlot. The flavor is lingering with a finish of soft, round tannins. Medium term cellaring of two to five years will enhance and complex the wine further.
Malbec grapes for this wine come the Trione vineyards, Nervo Ranch in the Alexander Valley. A portion of the wine was used in the 1999 Reserve Alexandre Meritage blend with the balance being used for this Winemaker's Selection wine. A six-day on-skin ferment resulted in a wine with rich color and fruit without excessive tannic extraction. After fermentation, the wine was matured in small French oak barrels.