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2010 Kuleto Estate Malbec

2010 Kuleto Estate Malbec

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SKU: 007250
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Notable for its incredible freshness of fruit, its mouth-watering acidity, and quenching grip, it brings to mind Malbec of the Loire Valley rather than the highly extracted Argentine reds.

Winemaker Notes
This wine is notable for its incredible freshness of fruit, its mouth-watering acidity, and quenching grip. Because of its low alcohol, it can be enjoyed with or without food, and perhaps at a cool cellar temperature. It brings to mind Malbec (or Cot) of the Loire Valley rather than the highly extracted Argentine reds.
Other Notes
76% Malbec
14% Merlot
6% Syrah
4% Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine Specs
Vintage
2010
Varietal
Malbec
Appellation
Napa Valley
Acid
7.0 g/L
PH
3.65
Aging
21 Months
22% new French oak
Alcohol %
14.1%
Production Notes
The growing season in 2010 was the coolest on our estate since its inception in 1999. Compared to the weather data for 1998 and 1997, it was still the coolest in recent history. Lucky for us at Kuleto Estate, we have plenty of sunshine despite the lack of heat. The majority of our vineyard blocks lie above the fog-line, so even if the Napa Valley is socked in, our vines enjoy the first sun of the day. What does a cool vintage mean for a mountain-top vineyard? It means wines that strongly express their varietal character, have tremendous natural acidity for length of mouth-feel and aging, and modest finished alcohols. Whenever you hear that the Valley has suffered a cold or damp vintage, look to the mountains for exceptional wines. We prize our estate Malbec for its ability to come to full flavor maturity on the vine without the high sugars (and subsequent high alcohols) often associated with mountain-top reds in the Napa Valley. It’s all about exotic aromas and freshness in the mouth. Because of the slow ripening, the few blocks of Malbec on the property are rarely picked in their entirety, but rather row by row. As a result, the small batches are often co-fermented with small amounts of other varieties that happen to be perfectly ripe at the same time.
Production
143 cases produced.