"A wine that showed beautifully from barrel, and didnâÄôt disappoint from bottle, the 2012 Malbec Northridge Vineyard (100% Malbec) comes from gravelly, loam soils and saw a 40-day maceration followed by aging in 40% new French oak. This big, hedonistic, layered beauty offers up tons of jammy black raspberry, plum, crushed violets and licorice to go with full-bodied richness and depth, a seamless texture and a terrific finish. It will be better in another year or two and keep for a decade." â€“Jun-15
Northridge Vineyard was planted in 2003 in the Wahluke Slope AVA of Washington State. This exceptional site is a warm plateau composed of ancient soil and gravel is located in the foothills of the Saddle Mountain range at the upper reaches of the AVA boundary. The vineyard resides on a gentle south facing slope with a north/south vine row orientation. The topsoil here is less than a foot deep giving way to a gravelly mix of basalt and caliche. The elevation, ~1200 ft., and slope of the site allows this warm high desert plateau to cool off dramatically in the evening, producing swings of 40- 50 degrees in the summer, allowing the Malbec to ripen perfectly without losing its balanced acidity.
The Malbec produced here amid the struggle of a warm site with gravelly soils rich in iron and calcium, starts as supremely concentrated fruit. Yields were kept at a mere 2.3 tons/acre, fermented native with maceration nearing 37 days. The wine then went to barrel for 22 months in 40% new french oak.