Introducing our September Release: 2018 Malbec
Kriselle Cellar Society
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The September Cellar Society wine for you is our 2018 Malbec. As the long hot days of summer gradually get shorter, the shadows grow longer, and the chill of fall is in the air, it can only mean one thing: Harvest is imminent! We’ve been hard at work sampling grapes in the vineyard blocks; tasting for increasing sugar, decreasing acids, and most importantly the evolution of flavor compounds aptly called “flavanols”.
Our Estate Malbec is grown on the hillside below the tasting room in block “B”; the rows are nestled between Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese. The soil is comprised of alluvial loam which is found mostly near rivers. The sizable rocks throughout the rows offer radiant heat and warmth which aids in ripening as the sun goes down. Another benefit of being grown on the hillside is our afternoon winds add a slight black pepper spice to the grapes.
From week to week as we taste through sampled grapes; our vines are growing exceptionally balanced and delicious fruit. There’s a common saying I hear from winemakers, “If you want to make great wine, start with excellent grapes”. Undeniably, the grapes from the Kriselle Cellars vineyard taste exceptional these days.
One of my favorite wines to make is definitely Malbec. As soon as the bins of Malbec grapes are picked early in the morning and driven to the winery, it’s hard to not eat a handful. They are one of the larger sized varieties with a blueish-purple color to the skins. Once the grapes pass through the de-stemmer, the juice is already a beautiful light purple. As the de-stemmed grapes are added to the fermenters and fermentation is well under way, the room begins to fill with the loveliest bramble berry pie aromatics. It’s always a joy to give the fermenters their three-a-day punch downs because of the room-filling aromas. The color intensity on the Malbec fermenters is also something truly magnificent, as the juice will turn from a light purple to the deepest darkest magenta hue. If Malbec juice gets on my hands, which it inevitably will, my hands will be stained purple for about a week. Purple hands are considered a true badge of honor around here.
Malbec is a great selection for the upcoming fall and winter months to come. It pairs nicely with hearty and meatier foods as it offers a complimentary and robust match. A great addition to bring for dinner parties with friends and loved ones.
Á Votre Santé! Jon LeBars, Assistant Winemaker
Retail pricing for 2018 Malbec is $32.00/bottle, when it is released to the public. Members receive discounts according to their membership tier. Our 3 bottle members receive 15% off regular pricing ($27.20/bottle), 6 bottle members receive 20% savings ($25.60/bottle) and our hearty case members enjoy a 25% discount ($25.60/bottle). A privilege of membership is the extended discount given to each wine following initial distribution. Stock up on these wines today while it is still at your great membership pricing. Your added distribution discount will be honored until November 1, 2021. Please call us at 541.830.VINO (8466), email our Cellar Society administrator (email@example.com) to place your order.