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2014 Estate 1856 Malbec "Sonoma County"

Winery: Estate 1856

Vintage: 2014

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Sonoma County"

Wine Category: Malbec

Grape blend: 100% Malbec

Region: Sonoma County

State or country: CA

Price: $36

Cases produced: 65

KWG Score: 89.5 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)

Review date: August 6, 2017

Wine Review: This pitch black colored Malbec from California is impressive. It opens with a blackberry jam bouquet with a hint of oak and cherry. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, rich and concentrated. The flavor profile is a very tasty black raspberry with notes of mild minerality, oak, black currant. The finish is dry and its flavors and moderate tannins show nice length. This Malbec would pair very nicely with a New York strip steak. Get in line for this early when released, there was not much of this gem made. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: Pause a moment to savor the lush aromatics. Toasty oak notes weave through the dark ripe boysenberry and blackberry nose, while traces of vanilla add dimension and breadth. Intense flavors of juicy fresh red, blue and black berries burst on the palate where they are complemented by hints of baking spices and caramel. A dark toast essence emerges as the wine opens, as does opulent dark cherry. A smooth, bright texture and mouthwatering acidity balance the delicious fruit. The underlying oak and tannic structure is seamlessly integrated, letting the limelight shine on the luscious, concentrated flavors. Delicious now, this wine will continue to develop with bottle aging.

Organic status: not organic

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