Saracina 2014 Malbec "Skid Row" Mendocino


Saracina 2014 Malbec "Skid Row" Mendocino


Vineyard Notes:
Planted in 1999 and farmed organically from the outset, Skid Row Vineyard is the westernmost block on the Saracina Ranch, marked by black clay and gravelly soils at the base of the foothills. The plant material is the original Bordeaux clone 4. It is significant not for what it produces, but for what it doesn’t. It is the lowest- yielding commercial Malbec clone available, and on our property typical yields are one and a half tons per acre. It produces concentrated fruit without the need to pick at ultra-high sugars. The vineyard was named “Skid Row” for the tracks carved into the surrounding hillsides in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by donkeys dragging logs down to the vineyard site, where they were collected to fire the furnaces in the hop barn to toast hops for sale to breweries.


Winemaker Notes:
"Black garnet in color, this wine reveals notes of violets, blueberries, and a subtle mineral component. Built from our low-yielding vines, the palate shows a natural concentration and balance, with soft tannins and acidity to keep it supple and sunny."

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  • Vintage: 2014
  • Winery: Saracina