2016 Malbec, TN, Happy Canyon
4x3 row spacing, a single cordon producing about 1 ton per acre of fruit. When the bottle is first opened, notes of plum & vanilla, with a touch of smoke & tobacco. The color has a bright deep red brilliance. Flavors of bright blackberry & cherry with a touch of cocoa powder on the palate, with a bit of tart acidity. Tannins are well integrated, with notes of baking spice that provides a long finish that continues to delight your taste buds. Would pair well with some stronger cheeses, leaner meats. Filet mignon with garlic and butter or melted gorgonzola cheese.
Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara
25-30% 1-2 year old French Oak, balance neutral oak
High density vineyard, planted 4X3