(2013 Vintage) We started out with the 2012 vintage of the Maroon Malbec for our Red Cellar Trio wine club and sold out of it after only a few weeks so we switched to the 2013 vintage which has been just as popular. Both wines are remarkably consistent as the vineyard source and vinification were the same, and thankfully both 2012 and 2013 were tremendously abundant and excellent vintage years, with 2013 perhaps with a slight edge. Thus, both vintages have very similar tasting profiles that mirror each other with the 13 echoing what we said about the 12: As Paul and Chris acknowledge on the label, this wine is big, dark and inky. Yet it is also very well balanced with clean acidity and supple, sweet tannins. It was aged for 24 months in 30% new and 70% older French oak that helped tame those tannins and give the wine its soft, billowy, velvety texture. Ripe and juicy flavors of red plum and sweet raspberry envelop the full-bodied palate giving way to a satisfying and long finish. The Maroon vineyard in Coombsville is planted 100% to Cabernet Sauvignon so Paul and his winemaker, Chris, sourced the fruit for this 100% Malbec from a sustainably farmed 10 year old vineyard on the north east slope of Howell Mountain. It is that high elevation mountain fruit that gives this wine its bold intensity. Thankfully, they doubled the production with this vintage and made about 800 cases - hopefully enough to last us another few months!