2017 Maldonado Proprietary Red Blend, Napa Valley, California (750ml)
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A Quarterly Red Cellar Trio Wine Club Selection
Solid Napa red blend so seamlessly crafted that no particular varietal stands out. Aromas of red berry, plum and cedar. Darker fruit on palate, with more cedar and a touch of sandalwood. Ample tannin but very well integrated and ﬁne-grained in texture. 540 cases produced.
Nestled in the northernmost tip of the Napa Valley, you’ll ﬁnd Maldonado Family Vineyards; a small Mexican American family-owned winery. Owner and winemaker Hugo Maldonado comes from a vineyard management background, working alongside his father Lupe and learning the importance of vineyard care at Newton Vineyards. In 2007 the Maldonado family secured a small hillside parcel, just outside of Calistoga, with amazing views of the Palisades in the Vaca range. They broke ground and started the slow, tedious job of drilling wine caves. They did much of the work themselves, from the removal of ton after ton of red dirt and rock, to the pouring of cement for the ﬂoors and the rock work on the walls. The winery, though small, accounts for roughly 6000 cases that the family currently produces under the Maldonado label and their second brand called Farm Worker.
A blend of 70% Cabernet, 20% Merlot and 10% Syrah. The fruit was picked in the cool early morning hours, ensuring consistent sugars and vibrant acidity. The grapes were then transferred to the winery where they were sorted, de-stemmed, and re-sorted. Whole berries were cold soaked for ten days, with native wild yeast taking over the primary fermentation, followed by three weeks of extended maceration with gentle punchdowns to preserve ﬂavors and aromatics. The free run juice is drained away from the cap, racked to barrel, and aged for 24 months in French oak.