“What!!! Wait!!! I didn’t know Tom made a Malbec! When did he start that?” We hear that so much here at Heritage Oak Winery when folks drop by to see what’s new. And it is true, Tom has made and released his 2014 Malbec, along with a host of other new releases in mid-November. And in my humble opinion, his Malbec is downright yummy.
Another thing folks ask a lot is, “What is a Malbec like?” Well a Malbec is like a Malbec. What else can I say? It is sorta out there with its own flavor profile, not really reminiscent of any other wine that I can think of. But just because it is out there on its own does not mean it isn’t delicious. Tom’s 2014 Malbec is 100% Malbec, has an intense deep purple-red color giving an indication of the full-bodied taste to follow. The aroma is a wonderful tease of ripe warm peaches while the taste just smacks of dark and red fruits combined — ripe black plums and delicious red raspberries. The Malbec finishes off velvety soft, clean and crisp with just the right acid/fruit balance.
Once crushed and fermented, Tom ages the Malbec in neutral barrels for 18 months. He is letting the bold flavors and richness of Malbec shine on their own, imparting only a subtle note of leather to the finish.
Tom has a wonderfully simple philosophy on winemaking — use quality grapes and then don’t mess it up. Well, he certainly used quality grapes for this 2014 Malbec, so a tip of the hat goes to Judy and John Semas, who grew the grapes at their vineyard southeast of Galt. And Tom did not mess it up. In case you can’t tell, I’m a big fan of this wine. Come on by the tasting room for a sip of one of Tom’s newest offerings so you can enjoy the wine, enjoy the moment.
- Posted by Jim Curtis
- On January 5, 2017
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