For our 2017 Reserve Malbec, select areas within each vineyard are hand harvested, fermented separately and aged in the finest French oak. After six months, each lot is tasted and graded and only the best are considered. The blend is then assembled, and the wine is returned to barrels to facilitate flavor integration. The wine is aged a total of 24 months before bottling
Our Reserve wines are the result of a careful blend of individual lots from meticulously farmed sections of some of the very best vineyards in Alexander Valley and in the mountains north of Lake Sonoma. Created in our small lot Artisan Cellar, Winemaker Justin Seidenfeld employs techniques such as cluster pre-sorting and extended maceration. With small tanks and equipment sized for the most discriminating vineyard selection process, our cellar is state of-the-art and represents the Klein family commitment to producing the finest wines possible.
Early winter showers with a fair amount of rainfall were followed by a warm, dry spring in 2017. Alternating overcast days and heat waves continued through spring and summer, with a warm July and August. Cool mornings in mid to late August helped to preserve acidity while warm daytime temperatures led to perfectly ripe fruit with harvest on September 22 and October 5.