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2007 Felicity Malbec

2007 Felicity Malbec

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About This Wine:
With each vintage we identify a few barrel lots that stand alone as an impressive example of a single varietal wine. In 2007, we found our Malbec to be of exceptional quality. Rich and concentrated with a wonderful range of blackberry, fig, plum and blueberry fruit. The finish is forceful and long with hints of mocha and spice. Delicious now, this wine's firm tannins and balance indicate it will age gracefully for 10 years or more.

Only 97 cases were made of this extraordinary wine.
Wine Profile:
Vintage: 2007
Wine Type: Red Wine
Varietal: Malbec
Varietal Composition:
100% Malbec
Appellation: Napa Valley
Harvest Date: Fall 2007
Acid: 0.55 g/100ml
PH: 3.74 g/l
Aging: Four years
Barrel Aging:
21 Months
33% New French Oak
33% Onec-used French Oak
33% Twice-used French Oak
Ageability: At least 10 years
Bottling Date: Sept 2009
Alcohol %: 14.5
Tasting Notes:

This limited bottling of 2007 Malbec demonstrates beautiful concentration of color and structure. Singled out for its exceptional quality, this wine is characterized by dark plum and ripe berries with earthy notes and a forceful finish.

Vineyard Notes:

Following a very cold November through February, the weather warmed up in March. Rainfall was well below average through the winter months with the exception of February and virtually stopped at the beginning of March. In fact, the Oakville weather station recorded a total of just three inches of rain between the beginning of March and end of September; 2007 was the first of two consecutive drought years. Budbreak for Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley took place in and around the second week of April and the flowering occurred in late May. There were more days with below-average temperatures than above during the moderate, even slightly cool, summer months and only a few mostly short heat spikes, the most significant of which were in mid-June and at the end of August and beginning of September. The summer witnessed relatively few 90+-degree days—much less 100. Following a few very hot days at the end of August and beginning of September, much of September was quite cool, and this turn of events slowed down the final stage of ripening and resulted in a later Cabernet harvest than had been expected. Another few very warm days toward the end of the month helped to finish off the ripening process in most sites without causing a serious drop in acidity, and most growers were able to pick at their leisure. Cool, showery conditions in the second week of October caught some mountain fruit hanging, but by then the valley floor had mostly been harvested. Even the later pickers mostly finished under good conditions, and for the most part the precipitation did not swell the berries.

Production Notes:

Aged for two years in French Oak barrels: 1/3 new, 1/3 once used, and 1/3 twice used. Aged for two more years in the bottle.

Food Pairing:

The earthy and spicy notes in Malbec lend themselves beautifully to pairing with many kinds of beef dishes, especially those with a spicy kick. Try it with your favorite ribs, beef stew, chili, Osso Buco, carne asada, or a cassoulet. Cheers!


97 cases






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