2013 Cloud's Nest Vineyard, Malbec
October 10, 2013
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. Its cool, eastern exposure allows for extended hang time, which imbues the grapes with greater complexity and character.
The 2013 growing season began with an early budbreak and mild weather in the spring which made for a heavy berry set. We had beautiful consistent warm days throughout the growing season coupled with cool nights and foggy mornings, ensuring slow and steady 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.
“In the glass this wine starts ruby-red at the edge and quickly becomes opaque at its core. The nose opens bright and fresh with a burst of ripe black fruit and subtle hints of lilac and crushed fall leaves. The palate is supple and voluptuous with ample dark fruit swirled with creamy vanilla and undertones of pipe tobacco, peppercorns and forest floor that reinforces the terroir with a velvety and long-lasting finish.” — Mario Monticelli