Nestled in the Sierra Nevada Foothills of Amador County, the Andis Estate Vineyard spans 20 acres of rolling hills in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. A splendid 2.3 acres of our vineyard is planted to Malbec. Each year these young vines mature in our decomposed granite soils. 2014 marks the very first bottling of our Estate Malbec.
Sanguine notes lead to dried berry, macerated cherry and plum tart flavors flanked by some leather, rose, and cocoa nuances ending with a minerally finish.
Get your hands on this fantastic offering before the clock on Malbec rus out April 3rd, 2017..
MALBEC TIDBITS Malbec is one of the original 5 main Bordeaux varietals. For centuries, Malbec played a supporting role in Bordeaux blends but it often underperformed because of its sensitivity to climate. In Southwest France in Cahors (a small town on a switchback river that flows towards Bordeaux), Malbec is called ‘Cot’ and in the Middle Ages it was called “black wine” for its deep, purple-ebony hue. The Cahors appellation remains the main home site for Malbec. Cahors AOC law dictates that no less than 70% of the variety be included in the blend. Its history can be traced back to the ancient Romans. Today Malbec shines as the star varietal of Argentina, which grows 70% of the world's Malbec. It was first brought to Argentina in the 1850’s by French Agronomist Michel Pouget who was hired by the Argentine government. Malbec is now so popular, the grape has its own holiday, International Malbec Day, which is also known as World Malbec day, celebrated every April 17th.