Padigan Malbec 2021



Padigan Malbec 2021


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

2021 will go down as an unusual growing season that supplied small, but exquisite berries and intense wines. This Malbec is no exception. The relatively cool ripening preserved this wine’s subtle perfumed nose of blueberry, red plum, graphite, and sage brush while the palate caresses with blackberry, dark chocolate, and black tea flavors. It is soft and lushly textured but has the acid-tannin balance and density to improve in the near term. Enjoy 2024-2029 with Dijon-thyme-Fresno chili glazed bone-in pork chops.
Wine Info
Appellation Rogue Valley
Alcohol 13.30%
Volume 750 ml
Cases Produced 157