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*Spartan Hills*

Malbec

Paso Robles, California, United States

Alc. 13.5 %

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$28.99
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If you are looking for a California wine adventure, you don't have to pay the pricey cost of admission to Napa, or even Sonoma. Paso Robles is home to over 200 wineries and offers a competitive and worthy oenophile experience. Travelling the Pacific Coast Highway — halfway between San Francisco and LA — about 30 kms inland, you will find 'Paso'. The town itself is worth the drive, located in San Luis Obispo county and in the heart of the Central Coast wine region.

The first vineyards were planted in Paso Robles 200 years ago by missionaries in the 1790's. Paso Robles covers a large area three times the size of Napa — totalling over 270,000 hectares. It is also California's fastest growing region, with over 150 new wineries opening their doors since 2000. Paso Robles is home to many different varietals, but is predominately planted to red grapes (about 80%) — with an affinity to 'Rhône' varietals of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, and of course, Zin. Winemaking here is known to be experimental and innovative — winemakers are less staunch about classic varietals and methods, and are more open to creating something new.

Malbec is one of the more rare grapes grown here and in terms of planting dominance, Malbec doesn't cover nearly as many acres as the likes of Zinfandel or Cabernet. This special Paso Robles Malbec is exclusive to WineCollective and we hope you love this Cali interpretation from Spartan Hills. Enjoy by 2021 at 18 C.

Look

Medium opacity, with a deep ruby-purple core and slightly lighter magenta edges. The colouring is bright and clear; it looks youthful!

Smell

A bit rustic and broody with aromas of herbs and dark berry fruits, with a touch of spice. Fresh cut rosemary adds a woodsy appeal and a warm savoury nature to the nose. With a few more swirls, the ample blueberry jam and black currant show off the wine's fruity side. Toasted peppercorn add that pop and give a layer of warmed spice.

Taste

The herbal and earthy character continues, which give this Malbec something a little extra than most. The berry stems, rosemary, and raspberry leaf offer flavours of wild forest and forage. Again, the fruits are dark and chewy, and accented by a bit more bitterness — think plum skin or cherry pit. The acidity is medium and lightly cleansing, and the tannins are round and supple. We think this will be a crowd pleasing wine that offers a classic example of Malbec without the excessive jammy character some have become accustomed to. For best enjoyment, decant or allow to open in your glass before crushing the bottle.

Pairing

A safe bet is to pair with whatever you like alongside a Cab Sauv. From sirloin to pot roast, Malbec is great with classic pairings and is perfect with leaner cuts. You can also go veg with a portobello burger — mushrooms love herbal and rustic wines.

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