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2014 Yokayo Sonoma County, California 'Rockpile' Malbec

2014 Yokayo Sonoma County, California 'Rockpile' Malbec Zoom

This full-bodied wine offers notes of boysenberry, ripe black cherry, saddle leather, sage, cocoa powder, berry jam and cedar.

Varietal: Malbec Vintage: 2014
Brand: Yokayo
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About This Wine

In winemaking, experience counts.

And it would be difficult to find a more experienced winemaking team than the one at Yokayo, which makes their own wines under the Yokayo label, and also offers custom crush services. The operation is overseen by the Pauli family — farmers, wine growers and vintners in California’s Mendocino County for five generations.

One Pauli family member, Jake, grew up in the business and now serves as assistant winemaker to one of the most experienced vintners in California, David Rosenthal, a U.C. Davis graduate who previously crafted award-winning wines for Buena Vista and Konocti.

The grapes for the 2014 Yokayo Malbec came from the relatively new American Viticultural Area in Sonoma County known as Rockpile. The AVA is defined by its elevation, a minimum of 800 feet above sea level, which helps produce quite expressive fruit. You can taste that expressiveness — and the Yokayo team’s experience — in the 2014 “Rockpile” Malbec.

About Malbec

A midseason ripener, it can bring very deep color, ample tannin, and a particular plum-like flavor component to add complexity to claret blends.

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Tasting Notes

  • Grape Composition:100% Malbec
  • Grape Source:Rockpile Growing Area in Sonoma County, Calif.
  • Aromas & Flavors:Boysenberry, Ripe Black Cherry, Saddle Leather, Sage, Cocoa Powder, Berry Jam and Cedar
  • Aging Vessels:French Oak Barrels (40% First Fill, 30% Second Fill and 30% Third Fill)
  • When to Drink:Now Through 2022
  • Food Pairing Suggestion:fire-roasted center-cut lamb chops.

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