Berryessa Gap Malbec
What I love most about the Pocket Wine Journal Wine Shop is discovering wines in the most unexpected places. During my last visit to Napa, I decided to take a different route to change up the sceenery. I took Hwy 128 through the rolling hills heading towards the east end of Lake Berryessa. While passing through the town of Winters, I discovered a rustic tasting room. Once inside I noticed they had a Malbec and knew I didn’t want to pass up a taste. I hope you do the same and don’t pass up a chance to try this delightful wine.
Berryessa Gap Vineyards sits below the distinctive break in the nearby hills recognizable to locals as the Berryessa Gap. The vineyard and climate here is perfect for growing Malbec grapes. In 2015, the cool early spring and warm summer meant the berries were smaller, leading to more concentrated flavors.
The 2015 Malbec opens with bold flavors of cloves, cranberry and red and black licorice, as well as blueberries and a subtle hint of clay. The aromas of spice and red fruit compliment the notes of violets and leather. This beautifully structured wine has firm tannins and a lingering finish, as well as a pleasant tartness on the mid-palate. A wonderful wine to enjoy on its own, but it pairs well with a blue cheese burger or a juicy steak. This wine is ready to drink now, but can also be aged for up to five years.
The 2015 Malbec won Silver at the 2017 San Francisco Wine Competition.
Case Production: 700