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Malk Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District Labeled Griffin Vineyards 2004

Member Review by Wine Fire:

Wow! This is an astonishing and unique cabernet. At opening, the nose fills with the scent of brandy, accompanied by a wonderful cast of rich fruits, including cherry, prunes and blueberry, along with fresh spring grass and spicy notes of cloves, white pepper and caramel. Wafts of honey, lemongrass, blackberry, vanilla, and butterscotch add to this wonderfully dynamic array. During the first hour, plum and melon converge and join the medley. At two hours, the nose opens even more, and aromas include vanilla, tobacco, sweet red pepper, dark cherry, toast, chocolate, and red rose, highlighted by bright fruit notes which emerge from a creamy, buttery lattice. At three hours, this wine has the most sensuous nose of its journey - sweet breezes of plum, raisin and cassis intermingling with floral (including red rose) and honey to create an aromatic opus. The complex nose leads to an early openness on the palate, with a brandy/cognac overture on the top and back, supported by a fruity center of cherry, blueberry, cassis, and raisin. At an hour, woodsy flavors intermingle with the dark fruits, bringing notes of cedar chest, freshly cut grass, cloves and vanilla to the composition. Acids and tannins are perfectly organized, adding spice and a slightly peppery zest to the finish, along with a pleasant tartness. At two hours, floral chimes of red rose, cumin, honeysuckle, and rosemary dance through the palate as well as the nose, joined by black cherry, hazelnut and orange peel in the middle, with honey added on the finish. When sweet bell and red pepper join the mix at four hours, along with hints of almond, ginger, honey and crème brûlée, the wine’s complexity reaches its height of interest and enjoyment. The 2004 is a romantic wine, producing rich, seductive combinations of fruit and spice that circle a brandy-style core, which sustains beautifully as the rest of the arrangement changes all around it.

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Malk Family Vineyards:
Situated directly below the home of owners Brian Malk and Nancy Heitel, Malk Family Vineyard lies adjacent to the Fay Vineyard at the base of the Palisades, edging the valley floor on the eastern slopes of the Stags Leap District. Surrounded by a mixture of live oak and black oak trees, the vineyard property begins with a gentle slope at the base, rising dramatically to the Palisades in the b... Read more
Situated directly below the home of owners Brian Malk and Nancy Heitel, Malk Family Vineyard lies adjacent to the Fay Vineyard at the base of the Palisades, edging the valley floor on the eastern slopes of the Stags Leap District. Surrounded by a mixture of live oak and black oak trees, the vineyard property begins with a gentle slope at the base, rising dramatically to the Palisades in the background. The vines on this two acre vineyard are bilateral cordon and unilaterally trained on a vertical trellis system. The property was purchased in 1997 and is farmed with meticulous, hands-on care. Low yields and a philosophy to produce as a winegrower, ensure the fruit is of the highest quality from vintage to vintage. Read less

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Snooth User: Wine Fire
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5.00 5
10/23/2010

Wow! This is an astonishing and unique cabernet. At opening, the nose fills with the scent of brandy, accompanied by a wonderful cast of rich fruits, including cherry, prunes and blueberry, along with fresh spring grass and spicy notes of cloves, white pepper and caramel. Wafts of honey, lemongrass, blackberry, vanilla, and butterscotch add to this wonderfully dynamic array. During the first hour, plum and melon converge and join the medley. At two hours, the nose opens even more, and aromas include vanilla, tobacco, sweet red pepper, dark cherry, toast, chocolate, and red rose, highlighted by bright fruit notes which emerge from a creamy, buttery lattice. At three hours, this wine has the most sensuous nose of its journey - sweet breezes of plum, raisin and cassis intermingling with floral (including red rose) and honey to create an aromatic opus. The complex nose leads to an early openness on the palate, with a brandy/cognac overture on the top and back, supported by a fruity center of cherry, blueberry, cassis, and raisin. At an hour, woodsy flavors intermingle with the dark fruits, bringing notes of cedar chest, freshly cut grass, cloves and vanilla to the composition. Acids and tannins are perfectly organized, adding spice and a slightly peppery zest to the finish, along with a pleasant tartness. At two hours, floral chimes of red rose, cumin, honeysuckle, and rosemary dance through the palate as well as the nose, joined by black cherry, hazelnut and orange peel in the middle, with honey added on the finish. When sweet bell and red pepper join the mix at four hours, along with hints of almond, ginger, honey and crème brûlée, the wine’s complexity reaches its height of interest and enjoyment. The 2004 is a romantic wine, producing rich, seductive combinations of fruit and spice that circle a brandy-style core, which sustains beautifully as the rest of the arrangement changes all around it.


Snooth User: dbigroup
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3.50 5
08/15/2012

The Best of the best is the Malk Cabernet vertical 2005-2008.



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