Devil Proof Malbec is a lush, strikingly complex wine that comes from the Alexander Valley hillsides of Farrow Ranch in Northern Sonoma County, California. Due to the very limited nature of our wine, only members of our mailing list will be offered the opportunity to acquire.
Mailing List Members can anticipate being contacted each autumn with details on how to reserve their allocation. Our highly selective winemaking process results in a limited production of each vintage, selling out within days at the annual release. We are taking sign ups now for the 2015 vintage allocation.
Devil Proof Malbec is a lush, strikingly complex wine that comes from the Alexander Valley hillsides of Farrow Ranch in Northern Sonoma County, California.
There are few sites where a single vineyard, yet alone a single block, is better than a blend of multiple parcels. It is unique when one block contains in itself all the components of an exceptional wine, exhibiting a true essence of terroir. This rare gem is Block #17 at Farrow Ranch for Devil Proof. The volcanic soil is ideally suited to this Malbec and allows us to successfully dry farm the vineyard with a combination of Suther Loam and Pleasanton Gravelly Loam. This block was planted in 2002 with a mix of Clone 4 and Clone 595 Malbec grafted to 1103P grapevine rootstock. A large steep hillside sits just adjacent, creating great air movement through the vines, further enhancing the wide diurnal temperature swings the region is famous for. This gives us beautifully ripe fruit while still keeping the berries fresh and acidity firm.
2014 was the third vintage in a row that our ripening season consisted of warm, sun-soaked days followed by cool nights. These large diurnal temperature swings produced stunning fruit with bright acids. The consistency of daytime heat, without any major heat spikes which could over ripen the fruit, combined with contrasting evening lows created a model growing season. The result was incredible fruit with mature silky tannins, a bright freshness and abundant color and concentration.