The majority of the grapes for this wine are sourced from the Coombsville AVA. The climate of Coombsville is ideal for Bordeaux varietals. Its volcanic, rocky soils stress the vines, and the longer growing season means full, even ripening of the fruit. These vines produce fruit with layers of complexity, an earthy minerality and an exceptional natural acidity.
Once harvested, the fruit was carefully sorted, de-stemmed and gently crushed. A 12-day maceration period, complete with seed removal and délestage, helped to coax out the aromatic characters and flavors of the wine and create full, round tannins. After fermentation the wine was aged in 100% French oak barrels, 50% of which were new, for 21 months.
The Napa Cellars 2018 Malbec is a beautifully balanced wine with a deep purple hue in the glass, and aromas of blueberry, black plum and black figs woven with notes of cedar and tobacco. On the palate the wine is medium bodied, with rich flavors of black raspberry, cherry, cocoa and molasses complemented by a fresh acidity and sweet, soft tannins.