2010 Next Red
Heavy Winter and Spring rains (over 48 inches) replenished our water table and nourished our vines. Summer temperatures were mild, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly and develop intense flavors. The Malbec Harvest began on October 6.
To produce this vintage of Next Red, we fermented the juice with the skins to extract their color and flavor. CO2 gas (a by-product of fermentation) bubbled up through the skins causing them to float to the top, forming the “cap”. We pumped juice from the bottom of the tank and sprinkled it over the cap throughout fermentation to ensure thorough extraction.
Following the Bordeaux tradition of extended maceration, the wine remained on the skins for another two weeks to soften its young tannins. Next the wine was moved into our caves for barrel aging. During its first Winter, the wine underwent malolactic fermentation to lower its acidity and add richness. After many tastings in January 2012 we blended 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot with 86% Malbec.
At a tasting in August 2016, we tasted the 2010 and here are our notes: Bright fruit aromas – blueberries and boysenberries with notes of violets. Velvety, full, round on the palate. Cola, mint, briars and dark chocolate flavors.