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2019 Meeker Malbec "Bells Echo Vineyard"

Meeker 2019 Bells Echo Vineyard Malbec

Winery: Meeker

Vintage: 2019

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Bells Echo Vineyard"

Wine Category: Malbec

Grape blend: Malbec

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Mendocino

State or country: CA

Price: $50

Cases produced: 249

KWG Score: 90 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: December 17, 2022

Wine Review: This very dark red colored Malbec opens with cherry-cola and mulberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium plus bodied with medium acidity. The mouthfeel is balanced, smooth and juicy. The flavor profile is a red raspberry and tart red plum blend with notes of pomegranate and toasted coconut flakes. I also detected hints of strawberry as it fades away. The finish is dry, and its medium tannins and fresh acidity are nicely prolonged. This Malbec would pair well with a bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: The nose and front of the palate on this wine feel like South American, new-school Malbec, while the driven, tannic, deliberate finish feel like Cahors. Super juicy pomegranate on the nose with blueberry compote and herbal edges of eucalyptus, chamomile, and lavender. The fruit character is high-toned and explosive. The mid-palate rides the juicy fruit character into a fleshy, slightly grippy core of blueberry skin, peach fuzz and noyaux. A center of acidity follows quickly and narrows the palate as it focuses into a soft-spoken close. While this wine will age for quite a while, it will evolve dramatically over the first decade. We'll be excited to see where it goes, but for now I'd enjoy the massive fruit character while it unapologetically precocious.

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