The Lodi appellation is an ideal growing region for this varietal and is very similar with that of the Malbecs most popular growing area, the high and dry Mendoza region of Argentina. Here in Lodi, long warm days are moderated by cool temperatures sliding down the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range during the evenings. The fruit was patiently selected and hand-picked into small bins to maintain health and quality. The 2018 Malbec was lightly crushed into tank for fermentation on its skins to dryness. It was then pressed and settled before being moved and aged for 12 months in French and American oak barrels, of which 15% was new oak. The color of this wine is a vibrant deep purple/garnet. The aromas fill your senses with big ripe black cherries, strawberries, boysenberries, and vanilla. On the palate, your mouth will explode with seductive forward flavors of black cherries, blackberries and dried cranberries. The finish leads to a rich, round and soft mouth feel with moderate tannins. Light spice and toast lead to a soft lingering experience. The wine is ready to drink, but will continue to age over the next 5 to 8 years.