SKID ROW MALBEC
Saracina is located along the Upper Russian River in northern California’s wine country. The 250-acre ranch which includes a winery and sustainably farmed vineyards, is also home to a 140-year-old olive trees, vegetable gardens, beehives, and local birds and wildlife. The handcrafted, limited production Saracina wines reflect a conscious sense of this beautiful place in Mendocino County. Founded by husband and wife team John Fetzer and Patty Rock in 2001, Saracina has always been defined by a strong sense of family. In 2018, Marc Taub took on stewardship of Saracina, upholding the spirit of family ownership that has defined this iconic Mendocino County winery since inception.TERROIR & VINTAGE NOTES
Planted in 1999, 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 the 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 for hop barns in the course of making beer.WINEMAKING & AGEING
The grapes were harvested and destemmed on September 24, 2018, and gently fed into the fermenter with 40% whole berries. Native yeast fermentation began in closed top fermenters. The free-run wine was drained directly to thin-stave French oak barrels, 10% of which were new. Native malolactic fermentation followed with 19 months aging. The wine was bottled on July 30, 2020.TASTING NOTES
Deep garnet color. The nose reveals enticing blueberry, sandalwood and cedar notes. The palate is layered and savory, with approachable soft tannins and great length. This is an incredibly versatile wine at the table. Pair it with grilled flank steak, classic turkey, or a hearty roast in winter.