Padigan Malbec 2020



Padigan Malbec 2020


Although part of the Rogue Valley, the Padigan Estate Vineyard lies in the area known locally as the Bear Creek sub-basin, which is the Rogue’s largest tributary. Beneath our vineyard soils lies a two-layered bedrock consisting of a volcanic layer, known as the Roxy Formation, and a deeper, softer layer of alluvial sandstone known as The Payne Cliffs Formation. As the Klamath Mountains began to uplift roughly 20 million years ago our bedrocks began a long erosion process that resulted in the predominately volcanic soils we find in our estate vineyard, which are unique to the Rogue Valley AVA. Padigan is also distinguished by a large amount of cobbled river rock, especially in our eastern section, and a somewhat sandy streak of significantly younger colluvial deposit that runs through the center of our site. Overall, we have some of the oldest soils in the valley. They are generally characterized as relatively shallow silty- to clayey-loams that are moderately well drained with moderate to rapid runoff.

Tasting Notes

Our Malbec vines continue to impress us with their uncanny ability to produce consistently ripe, expressive fruit that manages to balance elegance, power, and ageable structure. The leading aromas of blueberry, black plum, cedar, and graphite are followed on the palate by fig, dark chocolate, and subtle florals. The wine’s balance and fruit density partially conceal a refined structure that is revealed on the lengthy finish. This is medium bodied with concentration that hints at improvement in the near term so we suggest a short slumber in a cool cellar or aeration prior to enjoyment. Once open pair this with a classic like pasta e fagioli with hot sausage and parmesan crisps. Drink 2023-2028.
Wine Info
Appellation Rogue Valley
Alcohol 13.50%
Volume 750 ml
Cases Produced 107
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition: Gold Medal