Malbec is one of the traditional Bordeaux varieties. In fact, analysis has shown that Malbec and Merlot share one of the same parents, the obscure and ancient variety Magdeleine Noire des Charents. Malbec was introduced to Argentina in the 1800s and is now considered the national variety of Argentina where over 75% of the world’s acreage of Malbec is grown. It was first imported to California in the late 1850s and planted near San Jose. Surprisingly, it has only recently seen a public resurgence because of in interest in the Meritage blends. This stand-alone Malbec has bright fruit aromas of elderberry, blackberry and cherry with notes of chocolate, coffee and toasty oak. With a deep rich ruby color, it is a fruit forward wine with structured tannins that enable it to age.