Our 2016 Malbec | Block 81 was handpicked, sorted, and fermented naturally, then aged for 24 months in 30% new French oak barrels and 70% once-used French oak barrels.
Everything about the 2016 vintage was early, from bud break in early March to harvest. The near-perfect growing season saw ideal warm weather conditions throughout spring and summer days. Lighter than usual yield accelerated the start of the harvest that began in September. The grapes harvested for this Malbec was on October 6th, 2016
The Block 81 Malbec is a dark-colored, medium-bodied wine with well-rounded tannins. This wine starts with spicy notes of vanilla and black pepper before hints of dark berries, plum, and figs fill your palate. You can also detect notes of coffee and molasses on the flavorful finish.
The historic Priest Ranch is now part of the Somerston Estate, a significant property totaling 1,615 acres, with 222 acres planted to hillside vineyards. Dramatic elevations of the vineyards define and distinguish the estate, ranging from 800 ft to 2,400 ft above sea level. In 2016, the grapes for this wine were chosen from hillside Block 81.