2012 Haystack Vineyard, Malbec
October 4- October 15, 2012
This estate vineyard, nestled in Atlas Peak, is named for the iconic flat-topped, haystack-like hill which marks this growing region from afar. Atlas Peak is Napa Valley’s highest appellation and sits 2,200 feet above sea level in the Vaca Mountains. This craggy, extremely rocky site stresses the vines, resulting in small, intensely concentrated berries and low yields. Only 6 acres of this vineyard is planted to Malbec.
The 2012 growing season began with an early budbreak and mild weather in the spring made for a heavy berry set. We had beautiful, consistent warm days throughout the growing season coupled with cool nights and foggy mornings ensuring good, slow ripeness. The phenolic maturity was in unison with sugar ripening. The warm fall with very little rain made for a harvest without incident. The resulting wines have beautiful balance and depth.
“Our Haystack Malbec offers a unique varietal not often found in the Napa Valley. The wine showcases juicy black fruit and floral aromatics beautifully balanced by rich blueberry, blackberry and licorice flavors. It has a very round and soft mouthfeel not typically associated with mountain fruit, and a velvety finish.”– Mario Monticelli