MALBEC - CALIFORNIA
Malbec is a true viticultural success story, a tale of an underdog that finally gets its turn in the spotlight, and has remained there ever since. For centuries Malbec has been grown in Bordeaux, but never got the credit it was due, being regarded as no more than a blending grape, a variety exploited for its color and tannin but never the star of the show. Through a series of historical quirks, Malbec arrived in the foothills of the Andes mountains, and it was there in Argentina where its potential was realized. Today, Malbec is regarded as one of the greatest, most popular red wines, and it has finally arrived in California. There, wines like Sacrificial Journey are indicative of a new, unique expression and creating plenty of excitement among the state’s winemaking community. The road was long and winding, but make no mistake - Malbec has reached the summit of the world’s greatest red wines.
Sacrificial Journey is a powerfully aromatic wine, with dark fruits and graphite on a nose that shows good clarity and focus. Fruity and round in the mouth, offering a smorgasbord of berry flavors that pick up a nuance of spice and earth as it glides across the palate. Supple, pliant tannins frame a nicely persistent, savory finish that leaves behind a lingering note of black pepper.
BBQ anything, mushroom pasta with red sauce and peppercorns, sharp cheddar cheese, pepperoni pizza, pork sausage-stuffed tomatoes, Basque-style fish stew.
Malbec began to flood the shelves of American supermarkets virtually overnight – a virtually unprecedented phenomenon in the annals of domestic wine history. These Argentinean delights – savory, structured, full-bodied – hit a note with domestic wine fans, and Malbec hasn’t looked back ever since. Consistently near the top of the list of most popular imports, it was only a matter of time before Malbec began to be planted in California. After all, the “if they can do it, we can too” mentality has fueled the growth of expansion and popularity of the domestic wine industry since the beginning, and Malbec is adding more fuel to the innovative fire.
While it’s true that the Malbec grape adds a particular stylistic signature to its wines no matter where they are grown, there are certain elements that make California versions distinct and unique. California Malbecs tend to be lighter and fresher than their foreign cousins, with more focus on fruit and an elegant nature. Never content to play second fiddle, the Sacrificial Journey team is committed to showing the American wine drinker the potential of Malbec when grown with care under California skies, a passion and dedication imparted to every bottle.
WINEMAKING PROCESS: Malbec loves sunshine, so the Sacrificial Journey team spends long hours in the vineyard in the months leading up to harvest ensuring that every grape bunch has the exposure it needs to the nourishing rays of Golden State light. This allows the Malbec grapes to ripen fully and evenly, and to produce a balanced wine. Sacrificial Journey is both fermented and aged in stainless steel before bottling.
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 5 g/L