2015 Devil Proof "Rockpile Ridge Vineyard" Alexander Valley Malbec

SKU #1364426 97 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Slightly more exotic, as well as fresh, the 2015 Malbec Devil Proof Rockpile Ridge (barrel-fermented and aged two years in new oak) gives up lots of blue fruits, spring flowers, hints of citrus rind, and sappy flowers. Like the Farrow Ranch, it has good acidity, a silky texture, building tannin, and a singular character. It's a sensational Malbec that's up with the crème de la crème of this variety. Hats off to winemaker Jesse Katz for this truly sensational red! Devil Proof Vineyards is a collaboration between father and son Andy and Jesse Katz, with Jesse making the wines, focusing on two single vineyards and 100% Malbec. The wines are brilliant and unquestionably some of the finest expressions of Malbec out there.  (6/2018)

95 points James Suckling

 This is a very focused malbec with firm and chewy tannins that are polished in texture. Full-bodied, juicy and spicy. Fantastic finish. One of the best malbec I have tasted from California wine. Drink in 2020.  (11/2018)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Malbec Rockpile Ridge Vineyard delivers a profound nose of crushed blackberries, warm black plums and mulberries with nuances of smoked meats, tapenade, dried lavender and raisin cake plus a touch of mocha. Full-bodied, concentrated and full-on decadent, it completely coats the mouth with layered black fruits and exotic spices, framed by firm yet wonderfully ripe, plush tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and spicy. 640 cases produced. (LPB)  (6/2018)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 From a new dry-farmed site, this is fleshy and expansive in complex waves of flavor and texture. Mocha, coconut flakes and blueberry combine around a rich and rounded body that boasts power and grip. (VB)  (8/2018)


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Varietal:

Malbec

- These days if you're drinking a Malbec it's probably from Argentina. The most planted grape in that country, varietally-labeled Argentine Malbecs are one of the wine market's great values, prized for their slight herbal component and dark, luscious fruit. Structurally, Argentina's Malbecs are much different than those grown in the grape's native France; they are riper, fruitier and fleshier. In France, the best iterations of Malbec can be found in the Cahors, where it can be quite decadent. It is also planted in the Loire Valley, where it is called Côt and is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Gamay, and in Bordeaux, where it has fallen from favor in many of the region's great blends because it is difficult to grow. In the United States, the varietal is frequently added to Meritage wines - Bordeaux style blends - but it is rarely found on its own.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.