Padigan - 2019 Malbec

2019 Malbec

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2019 Malbec
2019 Malbec

The hallmark and defining character of all of the wines from the 2019 vintage has turned out to be minerality. Every wine is showing a slate- or wet stone-like trait and our classic Malbec is no exception. The sensations expand from the intense purple color to the effusive crushed blueberry and dark plum aromas to the deep flavors of black licorice, mission fig, and chipped graphite. This wine will offer immediate enjoyment as well as the opportunity for short term cellaring through 2025. We suggest pairing to bring out the wine’s rusticity so imagine pan roasted pork tenderloin with brandy-soaked figs, shallots, and fresh rosemary.  

AppellationRogue Valley
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced162 94 points; “Brilliant, dark ruby/purple color. The aromatics are intense, offering scents of bramble, slate, and black currant with supporting notes of blueberry, fig, and earth. The palate confirms the nose delivering a red and black fruits-driven core with flavors of black plum, mulberry, graphite, and star anise. The finish is long and lingering with supple tannins. Full-bodied and perfectly balanced with an opulent texture.” – Sean Ludford 94 points; “A recent vertical tasting of 2Hawk’s Malbec was a real eye-opener. The 2018 reviewed earlier at WineReveiwOnline was impressive, but this vintage came across as even more concentrated and layered. Blended with 8.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and a splash of Merlot and Cabernet franc, it was wild yeast fermented and aged for 22 months in small oak, 28% new. Deep and dark, it quickly opens in the glass to show deep plum along with blueberry and black olive. The flavors are similar but with added notes of licorice and light oak. Concentrated with a pleasing rounded texture, it has refined tannins and a solid framework that will enable it to age well.” – Norm Roby

Harvest Terroir Challenge: Silver Medal

Although part of the Rogue Valley, the 2Hawk Estate Vineyard lies in the area known locally as the Bear Creek sub-basin, which is the Rogue’s largest tributary. Beneath our vineyard soils lies a two-layered bedrock consisting of a volcanic layer, known as the Roxy Formation, and a deeper, softer layer of alluvial sandstone known as The Payne Cliffs Formation. As the Klamath Mountains began to uplift roughly 20 million years ago our bedrocks began a long erosion process that resulted in the predominately volcanic soils we find in our estate vineyard, which are unique to the Rogue Valley AVA. 2Hawk is also distinguished by a large amount of cobbled river rock, especially in our eastern section, and a somewhat sandy streak of significantly younger colluvial deposit that runs through the center of our site. Overall, we have some of the oldest soils in the valley. They are generally characterized as relatively shallow silty- to clayey-loams that are moderately well drained with moderate to rapid runoff.

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