Devil Proof Vineyards Rockpile Ridge Malbec 2019
|California, Sonoma County
|Devil Proof Vineyards
ROCKPILE, SONOMA COUNTY
Devil Proof Malbec, Rockpile Ridge, is a robust and powerful wine from the single vineyard site of Rockpile Ridge, in the Rockpile appellation in Northern Sonoma County, the smallest AVA in the United States.
Sitting at an elevation of 1,380 feet, with vineyard rows jutting down at 25-degree slopes towards the Lake Sonoma basin, this dramatic vineyard site provides ideally moderate temperatures, forceful coastal breezes, and well-drained soils.
Taking our cues from the site itself, we mold our winemaking to best showcase this complex powerful mountain fruit. This Rockpile Malbec is 100% barrel-fermented to control the power of the site’s tannins but at the same time highlight the intensity and concentration of the fruit. This is the first time I have ever seen a wine that was 100% barrel-fermented, which is such labor-intensive process but one that this site demands so we will do nothing less.
With little water retention in the gravelly loam soils to begin with, our practice of dry-farming this vineyard further enhances the naturally occurring stress in the vines. Here, our fruit ripens evenly and deeply. The wine is rich, diverse, and striking, and a true expression of its distinctive vineyard source.
The Wine Independent
The 2019 Ridge Malbec was 100% barrel fermented and aged 22 months in 100% new French oak. Very deep purple-black in color, it sashays out with beautiful blueberry preserves, fruitcake, and candied violets, plus super floral aromas, crushed rocks, Indian spices, fragrant soil and a wonderfully earthy undercurrent. The full-bodied palate is rich, plush, and muscular with seamless freshness, and an epically long finish. 270 cases were made.