2013 Next Red
In 1997, we planted three acres of Malbec and Petit Verdot to blend with our Cabernet Sauvignon wine. Having enjoyed Malbec wines from the Cahors region of France, we decided to create a Malbec based wine and named it Next Red. This is our tenth vintage.
Early Winter rains (over 25 inches) and frosty mornings marked the beginning of 2013. Mild Summer temperatures allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and intensify the flavors. Harvest began on October 21.
This red wine was produced by fermenting the juice with its skins to extract the color and flavor. CO2 gas (a by-product of fermentation) bubbled up through the skins causing them to float to the top and form the “cap”. To ensure thorough extraction, we pumped juice from the bottom of the tank and sprinkled it over the cap several times a day throughout fermentation.
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 the Spring of 2015, we blended 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot with 84% Malbec. We continued to barrel-age the wine until it was bottled in August 2015.
Young and fruit-forward, the 2013 Next Red opens with notes of cola spice, licorice and forest floor. The liveliness and spice from the Malbec is complemented by the elegant complexity of the Cabernet and the Petit Verdot. Bright and complex on the palate, it has notes of dark chocolate, carpaccio, violets and toasted bread that add richness and length to the wine. Like its predecessors, the 2013 has the balance and complexity to age well for at least an additional fifteen years.
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24.0° Brix sugar
0.64 g/100 mls acidity
0.65 g/100 mls acidity