Clayhouse Malbec 2009

Vineyard
Grapes for our new Vineyard Series Malbec came from our estate Red Cedar
Vineyard just east of Paso Robles. The vines are planted in soils rich with
calcareous sandstone and shale. Calcareous soils help make more water
available to the vines and they help displace sodium and improve vine balance.

Winemaking and cellar practices
After picking in the cool early morning hours, the grapes were sorted and
crushed prior to fermentation. Following fermentation, he lots spent a short
time on the skins before being pressed. The short extended maceration period
on the skins helps soften the natural grape tannins in the finished wine. After
pressing, the wine aged for nine months in a combination of oak and stainless
steel before final blending. The final blend is 93% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot, 2%
Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Mourvedre, 1% Syrah, and 1% Grenache.

Characteristics
It may be the forgotten varietal of Bordeaux, but Malbec is ideal when you’re
thirsting for something dark, bold and full of flavor. It’s a wine that adeptly
balances fruit and zippy acidity with hints of vanilla oak. Our 2009 Malbec is
dark and rich, with plum and bright raspberry fruit aromas. There’s a hint of
black pepper to complement the subtle oak. It’s fruit-forward in the mouth, with
an extended finish of even tannins and spice.

Harvest Date(s): September 11 – October 6, 2009
Harvest Brix: 24.9-26.5 Degrees
pH: 3.63
Total Acidity: 6.14 g/L
Alcohol: 13.8%
Oak Age: 9 months
Bottling Date: September, 2010
Case Production: 4,000 9-liter cases

Tasting Date: November 2011
Vintage: 2009
Varietal:93% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot, 2%
Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Mourvedre, 1% Syrah, and 1% Grenache
Country: United States, California, Paso Robles
Retail Price on Tasting Date: $14.99

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