2019 Next Red
The Winter of 2019 was cold (in the low 20’s) and wet (our rainfall total was 55”; average is 36”). Summer temperatures were perfect with warm days and cool nights. The ideal growing season delayed harvest. We were fortunate to get all of our Malbec into the winery before the Kincade Fire hit. We harvested on October 16.
To produce red wine, we fermented 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 which lasted two weeks.
Following the Bordeaux tradition of extended maceration, the wine remained on the skins for another three 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 2021, we blended 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petit Verdot with 85% Malbec. We continued to barrel-age the wine until it was bottled in August 2021 .
Young and fruit forward, the 2019 Next Red opens with notes of strawberries, juniper berries, Santa Rosa plums, raspberries, violets, and cola spice. The liveliness of the Malbec is complemented by the elegant complexity of the Cabernet and the Petit Verdot. Supple, round on the palate, it has notes of Bing cherries, Bresaola, anise, bittersweet chocolate, lavender and toast that add richness and structure to the wine. Like its predecessors, the 2019 has the balance and structure to age well for at least an additional fifteen years beyond its vintage year.
24.6° Brix sugar
0.62 g/100 mls acidity
0.66 g/100 mls acidity