Malk winery has been on fire as of late. I just conducted a blind tasting of ten 2007 vintage Cabernets and Malk blew away some very big names – Phelps Insignia (98 Parker), Caymus Special Selection (95 WS), Altamura (95 Parker/96 WS), Arietta, Barnett Rattlesnake Hill (95 Parker), Bevan “Showket” (95+ Parker), Carter “Coliseum” (95+ Parker), Dominus (98 Parker) and Del Dotto St Helena Mt (97 Parker).
On top of that, Malk was by far the least expensive! Jump on this release while I still have some. Moreover, their Sauvignon Blanc is gorgeous as well!
Malk 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Napa Valley
Retail 79.99 – GGWC 72.00 – SPECIAL 69.99
Winemaker Robbie Meyer (L’Angevin, Peirson Meyer 95 PT Parker) has crafted an amazing wine from the Griffin Vineyard in Stag’s Leap. The 2007 Vintage of the Malk Family Vineyards is likely their best effort to date. This wine greets you with gobs of black stone fruit right from the start. On the palate this youngster is loaded with more blackberry, currant and intense stone fruits. A whiff of spice spirals through on the mid palate of this full-bodied Cabernet, where we encounter a silky feel. The wine is and dense and well-extracted, but extremely balanced with the right touch of acidity. I would suggest to either put this wine in the cellar for a few years or at least decant it when brewing that early morning cup of Joe – so you can drink this one at day’s end! Only 500 cases produced.
Malk 2010 Sauvignon Blanc
Once again, the 2010 vintage produced a wine of beautiful aromatic character and elegant presence on the palate. White flowers and fresh peach notes prevail on the nose, with underlying notes of light citrus and orange blossom. The palate is silky yet weighty, framed perfectly with the classic Sauvignon Blanc crispness. I would say that this is the best SB produced to date by the folks from Brian Malk.
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