2011 Buoncristiani Malbec
Malbec has been an important variety at Buoncristiani since the beginning, finding its way into our many vintages of Buoncristiani Cabernet Sauvignon and also playing an important role in our Buoncristiani O.P.C. In 2008 we started a new program to pay special homage to our favorite blender by keeping some separate. We did it again in 2009 and therefore proudly offer you this fourth release of Buoncristiani Malbec.
To ensure our highest standard of quality, we source this Malbec from vineyards managed with our same strict viticultural philosophy. The 2011 blend was handcrafted from small lots harvested exclusively from ultra premium Hillside blocks in the Eastern Vaca Mountain range.
Expect to find a dark purple color, intense black and blueberries, white pepper spice, violets, vanilla, toasty French oak, white chocolate, a broad mid palate with balanced acidity, depth of flavor, and a fleshy sexy round finish.
HARVEST: October 17th through October 28th, 2011
AGING: 20 months in French oak barrels, 75% new French oak
CASES PRODUCED: 174
WINEMAKER: Jay Buoncristiani