Malbec is always graceful and full of strawberries, but seldom does one find the density and depth that derive from the unique properties of this renowned site, the “Diamond of Lake County”.
Diamond Ridge Vineyards is located in a sunny, high altitude site with rocky volcanic soils which force the vine to put its energy into pushing its roots down into the rock, resulting in a lively mineral energy in the wine’s finish. These conditions develop good color and firm but refined tannins which impart amazing age-worthiness.
Because of its proximity to Clear Lake, the site is also blessed with a “lake effect” -- a daily visit from the cooling breezes off this deep body of water, largest in the State. The consequence is that the plum and cinnamon aromas the grape develops are conserved. Lake County’s dry air gives rise to droughty herbs that bathe the grapes in sage, bay laurel and rosemary nuances. These rich aromatics are supported by moderate tannins of great finesse and its lively palate energy makes this among the most complete and collectible expressions of Malbec.
In 2019 we employed a new maceration acceleration technique in which we fragmented the skins to aid extraction. The resulting palate possesses a sweet core of fruit which is framed by soft tannins and a bright mineral finish.
A versatile companion to salmon, quail or rib steak, it loves aged cheeses and fine chocolate.