This wine offers exotic aromas of passionfruit and tropical flowers, violets, and plum in and earthy concoction of forest floor and sweet aromatic leather shop aromas. It is earthy, leathery and full of intense flavors and minerality.
As we taste each individual lot of wine from the myriad of distinct blocks on our Bell Mountain Estate ranch, we discover that certain parts of the vineyard are best as components for small production blends. These micro blocks are identified and, over time and experimentation, they become part of our Small Lot Collection. These wines are 100% estate-grown with organic grapes, and limited in their release.
A feature that originally attracted Founders Chris James and Ames Morison to this unique piece of property was its distinctive similarities with France’s Bordeaux region. As a nod to that area and its style, our Malbec wine was created. As is tradition, Malbec is a component in many Bordeaux blends and the grape has become a leading variety in South America.
Our inaugural vintage of Malbec highlights some of the things we love about this variety. It is earthy, leathery and full of intense flavors and minerality. We have been using Malbec as a ‘secret ingredient’ and key blending element in some of our other wines. We have been so impressed with the Malbec on this estate that we T-budded some Cabernet over to Malbec so we could create a dedicated Malbec wine that we are excited to share with you. This wine offers exotic aromas of passionfruit and tropical flowers, violets, and plum in and earthy concoction of forest floor and sweet aromatic leather shop aromas. It is soft and round, but offers a solidly structured core. This is a young and wild wine with exuberant energy that needs to be tamed. It will respond beautifully to decanting. Its feral nature will pair perfectly with savory meats. We love it with lamb or venison.
Sunshine was the dominant theme for vintage 2014 with little rain throughout the growing season. Warm temperatures in late winter caused an early budbreak. Perfect weather in May (no wind or rain, plenty of sun) created ideal conditions for consistent bloom, veraison and ripening, which is what we hope for every year. A small amount of rain in September suspended harvest momentarily giving our grapes the extra time they needed to mature fully on the vine. Harvest flew by and was completed on October 21st. Gorgeous color, floral aromatics, concentrated flavors, and a nice range of acidity are the hallmarks for this excellent vintage.