2015 Cloud's Nest Vineyard, Malbec
September 18 - October 2, 2015
“The 2015 Cloud’s Nest Malbec has opaque inky purple color. Explosive floral aromatics, purple flowers, violets with notes of blueberry crisp, cedar, dried cherry and ripe raspberry. The tannins are silky smooth. I’ve always referred to this variety as the iron fist with a velvet glove wine in that the color is so intense, the aromatics are so bold, you expect to be blown away by tannin, but they are so soft and velvety. Finishes long, the tannins fade away with a creamy vanilla note.“ —Mario Monticelli
High above the Napa Valley floor in the Mayacamas Mountains, our Cloud’s Nest Vineyard embodies the greatness of the Mt. Veeder appellation. This high altitude vineyard is incredibly steep with gravelly soil, and like all our vineyards, must be patiently farmed by hand. It’s cool, eastern exposure allows for extended hang time, which imbues the grapes with greater complexity and character.
Universally speaking, 2015 produced lower yields but excellent quality and concentration. Due in part to the drought, but more so an extended period of cool weather during the bloom period in May and June, our grape clusters were on the lighter side and our berries stayed smaller with thicker skins. The consistently warm summer led to slightly earlier-than-normal ripening on the valley floor and high-stress conditions in our mountain vineyards. The resulting wines are beautifully fruity and focused with terrific acidity.