Wine Spectator Paul Hobbs Imports, 2011 Crocus Malbec de Cahors
"Full-bodied, with fine-grained tannins and a firm, zesty acidity that highlights the raspberry and currant flavors. Fresh herb and floral undertones are accentuated by sweet spice notes that linger on the finish. Drink now through 2018. 400 cases imported." –Sep-15
Wine Enthusiast Paul Hobbs Imports, 2011 Crocus Malbec de Cahors
"One of two wines produced as a joint venture between California vintner Paul Hobbs and Cahors producer Bertrand Vigouroux, Crocus is aged 50% in new wood. It is ripe, smooth and powerful, a dense wine with dusty tannins and dark black plum flavors. It is just about ready to drink."
Fruit comes from vines ranging from 14- to 40-years-old that are entirely dry-farmed using sustainable methods. Fruit is selected from choice blocks within three Vigouroux properties located on different terraces, each with its own microclimate and terroir:
Plateau: Sits above the valley with limestone rocks and iron-rich red clay over calcareous chalk and patches of blue clay that enhance the finesse, length and red fruit notes of the finished wine.
4th Terrace: Formed from eroded materials by the plateau just above it that is a combination of silt, limestone and clay. Wines from this vineyard site contribute to the volume and black fruit notes.
3rd Terrace: Lying just below the 4th terrace, composed of ancient alluvial deposits of clay and silt. This fruit produces wines with bright fruit, floral notes and intense berry character with good tannic structure.
Fermentation takes place in small 1.5-ton tanks with a 3-day cold soak, punchdowns and pumpovers for optimal soft tannin extraction. Total skin contact lasts for 25 days. The wine is aged 18 months in French oak barrels (50% new, 50% 1-year used). (15,000 bts)