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Crystal Basin 2014 Malbec 'Reserve'

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Look for an inky dark color, a brooding spicy element and soft tannins. El Dorado Malbec has characteristics that fall somewhere between Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with more spiciness; Plum flavors and spice dominate the finish.  Keep this for a couple of years or have it tonight with a nice steak.


2017 Bronze Medal San Francisco Chronical Wine Competion


 


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    Malbec wines tend to have an inky dark color, a brooding spicy element and significant tannins. Long known as one of the six grapes allowed in the blend of red Bordeaux wine, the French plantations of Malbec are now found primarily in Cahors in South West France region but the wine is extensively produced in Argentina.

    El Dorado Malbec has characteristics that fall somewhere between Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with much more spiciness. The flavors can lead towards ripe plums leading to a very clean finish. Look for a brooding earthiness with soft tannins. Plum flavors and spice dominate a finish featuring a long and a mysterious spiciness.  Have some tonight with a nice steak.

    The two vineyards come from opposite ends of the county, as Duarte is 2600 ft on a mountain top with fresh breezes and Sauber is in the ridge over a river valley but has a depression that cups cool air at night. A midseason ripener, and a fun blender, Malbec brings very deep color and a particular plum-like flavor component to add complexity to claret blends. Crystal Basin Cellars is by the way, a vegan friendly producer.

    2017 Bronze Medal San Francisco Chronical Wine Competion

    Brix at Harvest: 27 & 26.5

    Time in Barrel: 18 months

    Type of Oak: Neutral French & American

    Alcohol: 15.5%

    Production: 276 cases

    Drink By:  Early 2020

    Vineyards: Duarte Georgetown Vineyard and Sauber Vineyards, El Dorado County

     

    In this video Mike owen talks about this Malbec


    I’m Mike Owen, this is Crystal Basin Cellars. You’re in the barrel room here with the 2016 and 2017 vintage. One of the wines that we do better than almost anyone in the Foothills is our Malbec. This has got this great, I call it a forest floor green-ness. There’s a... I don’t want to say mossy... but it’s that damp undertone. ...Mushroom-y is Pinot Noir, it’s not that. This is that kind of damp green undertone, and it makes a phenomenal wine. really super dark in color, and that wine ends up being from two different vineyards as well. The northern-most vineyard we use is in Georgetown, it’s called the Duarte Vineyard.  And then there’s another vineyard that we’re farming this year, called the Sauver Vineyard down Happy Valley Road and that’s the source of this Malbec, almost equal parts of those two.

    Malbec is a bigger wine so its layered, its got this complexity in terms of color. It’ll have a relatively decent attack, which is the first part of your mouth feel, so it’s: Attack, Middle, and Finish which is the way the three elements of tasting work. The Malbec will have a moderate attack, but its not as tannic as some, and we don’t add acids to our wines so they tend to be a but softer in that original sip. This means that a lot of folks who are normally white wine drinkers really respond well to our red wines, because we don’t add that acid.

    The other thing is the middle is this great berry, and not the dry tannic thing a lot of people associate with red wine. It doesn’t have to taste like that, that’s a certain style of wine making that’s very popular because that's how a lot of folks are trained down in UC Davis, and Santa Barbara, and Fresno. We developed our own process under the house! so we’re a little different, and maybe even a LOT different...

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    Mike discusses the relationship of Malec to the Spanish Inquisition!



    I’m Mike Owen and this is Crystal Basin Cellars. You’re in the barrel room here with the 2016 and 2017 vintage. One of the wines we do better than almost anyone here in the Foothills is our Malbec. Now, Malbec is a French grape, but it was brought over from France to Argentina. Now-  why do you think that is?

    ‘Why' would you say?

    Because of the Spanish Inquisition. ...I know you knew that :)

    When the Spanish Inquisition was going on, Malbec were the grapes that the losers liked.  So for a long time in France it was a weird statement to grow Malbec, because you were of the defeated, underdog types. So it became not very popular at all.

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