2013 Estate 1856 Malbec "Sonoma County"
Winery: Estate 1856
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Sonoma County"
Wine Category: Malbec
Grape blend: 100% Malbec
Region: Sonoma County
State or country: CA
Cases produced: 65
KWG Score: 90 (based on 1 review)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)
Review date: March 20, 2016
Wine Review: This opaque and deep ruby colored Malbec was very well received by the panel. It opens with a mild black raspberry bouquet with hints of kiwi and black cherry. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, slightly acidic and savory. The flavor profile is a tasty mild black plum with notes of cinnamon. We also detected hints of black cherry, dark chocolate, and strawberry. The finish is dry and its flavors drift away nicely. The panel suggested pairing this very good Malbec with a filet mignon or a stuffed pork loin. Enjoy – KWGTP
Winemaker Notes: Robust dark toned aromas offer hints of ripe berries woven with mocha and chocolate, but don’t disclose the delicious treat that follows. The velvety entry flows into a round mouthfeel and spicy texture that burst with flavors while caressing the palate. Lush blueberry and huckleberry mingle with traces of blackberry and baking spices, while a touch of violet joins the fruit near the long finish. Seamlessly integrated tannins and vanillin oak add structure and dimension to this concentrated beauty. Food Pairing Notes: Enjoy pairing it with pork medallions drizzled with a berry sauce, or short rib pot pie.
Organic status: not organic
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