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Malbec is the Bridesmaid of Napa Valley grape varietals, because it’s almost exclusively used in Bordeaux style blends and rarely bottled as a stand-alone varietal.  There’s also very little Malbec planted in Napa Valley, and according the Acreage Report, there were just 392 acres in 2012 and compare that to about 20,000 acres of Cabernet planted that year… I can count on one hand the number of Napa Malbecs that I’ve tasted AND loved, and most recently it was the 2016 Ilaria.  After all, it’s made by husband and wife team Anna & Mario Monticelli… Anna gained invaluable experience working at Château Cheval Blanc, one of the absolute top Bordeaux producers. She was also the former assistant winemaker at Bryant Family which retails for around $700/btl, as well as winemaker at Piña.  Her husband Mario worked alongside legendary winemaker Philippe Melka at QuintessaHundred AcreVineyard 29Melka and Lail

The 2016 Ilaria Malbec is so stunningly deep and richly concentrated, that it holds it own alongside big, Napa Valley Cabernets.  The fruit was sourced from Coombsville and St. Helena, and it was aged for nearly two years in French oak.  If you’ve ever wondered how great Napa Valley Malbec could possibly be, you’ll find your answer in a bottle of this…

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From Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, "The 2016 Malbec is blended of 75% Malbec and 25% Merlot aged 22 months in 50% new French oak, with fruit from Coombsville (75%) and St. Helena (25%). Very deep purple-black in color, it reveals gorgeous crème de cassis, preserved black cherries and blackberry tart with touches of lilacs, baking spices and dark chocolate. Full-bodied and laden with black fruits and floral accents, it has a firm backbone of grainy tannins and great freshness, finishing long. 195 cases produced."

92+ Parker

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Weight3.2 lbs
Dimensions11.5 × 3 × 3 in


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