Quady North Malbec 2016
Aged in large, 98 gal, and 58 gal French Oak barrels. Demptos, Meyrieux and Francois Freres, 25% new. 75% 1-3 yr. old. Lees stirred regularly throughout the first quarter. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Fermented in small, 1 ton and 2 ton tanks, punched down, gently pressed at 0 B.
Dark chocolate covered cherries predominate. Violets frame the aromas. A slight green note that was present just before bottling has now begun to fade into the background, giving rise to more savory qualities.
We started playing around with Malbec a few years ago, first as an additional component for our “Arsenal”, and then as the co-ferment partner with Cabernet Franc in our “La Battalla.” We loved the Malbec lots, especially the floral Malbec from Serenade Vineyard in the Rogue Valley. When we were able to source some from the old vines at Wooldridge Creek Vineyard, it felt like a good time to make a bit on its own. The vines at Wooldridge Creek are planted on their own roots in a milder part of the Applegate. The fruit tends towards balance, with higher acids being the norm.