Our Malbec offers the heady aroma of white flowers and ripe blue and black fruit, with hints of cinnamon, white pepper, and leather. On the palate we find distinct flavors of dark chocolate and boysenberry.
Our Small Lot Collection wines are the result of years of experience tasting the mosaic of different and distinct individual blocks on our Bell Mountain Estate ranch. As we cull through and taste each lot, specific micro blocks speak to us. These limited offerings are handcrafted with our 100% estate-grown organic grapes that benefit from our sustainable farming approach.
In 2011 we harvested our first Malbec from our vineyard. Although we only had enough to fill one barrel, it was our favorite wine that year. We used that wine to add to our other blends, and we marveled that it miraculously made everything better. It became our “secret ingredient”. When we finally had enough Malbec to make into its own bottling we knew we had the perfect name – Secret Ingredient.
The inky black color of the 2016 Secret Ingredient Malbec draws you in. The wine offers the heady aroma of white flowers and ripe blue and black fruit, with hints of cinnamon, white pepper, and leather. On the palate, we find distinct flavors of dark chocolate, boysenberry, and a hint of charred tobacco plus firm, dense tannins. We recommend decanting this wine to intensify the aroma and create an even more supple mouthfeel.
The 2016 vintage began with a warm spring and some late rains that gave us an early budbreak and enough water to provide good early season vine growth despite being in the tail end of a severe drought. June and July were warmer than usual, but when we approached the key ripening months of August and September, the weather cooled significantly, allowing a slow approach to maturity. These conditions favor good fruit development without excessively high alcohol. Exactly the kind of wine we love to make.