One of the lesser-known varietals to be used in traditional Bordeaux blends, the “black wine of Cahors" is increasingly celebrated as a South American speciality, and it was in the Andean foothills of Mendoza in Argentina where Picchetti’s owner, Leslie, first discovered and fell in love with this wine. The experience had such a profound effect on her that she set her mind to producing her own Californian Malbec. This latest release represents our eighth vintage (sourced exclusively from a small vineyard located in the rolling plains of the Estrella River Valley on the warmer, east side of Paso Robles). Barrel-aged for 20 months in a combination of French & American oak (50% new barrels), this smooth, fruit forward wine adeptly balances acidity with bursts of red fruit flavors. Engaging aromas of rose petals, violets, wild berry, vanilla and a balsamic note leap from the glass, while dark cherry, black pepper and cocoa powder drive the spicy, polished palate. This rich, food-friendly wine is very drinkable now, and the nicely integrated tannins will permit its elegance to gradually unfold in the bottle through 2027. The perfect accompaniment to grilled meats with chimichurri sauce, empanadas and calzones, it is adaptable enough to stand up to spicy Thai, Indian, Cajun and Mexican cuisine.
A tantalizing tango for the taste buds!