Vineyard: A young vineyard of about 5 years of age planted with the help of Pedro Parra. The location was discovered during some soil pit analysis of Agrelo and Pedro discovered this pure limestone plateau at a good altitude that would be a promising site. Malbec was then planted in 2009.
Orientation: 3,120 feet
Soil: pure limestone
Viticulture: Hand harvesting.
Vinification: 7-10 day cold maceration with a total maceration of 40-45 days. Fermentation takes place with wild yeasts.
Aging: 12 monts in used French barrique with natural malolactic
Production: 150 cases imported to the US
Notes: This is the first vintage of this wine. Naoki is pronounced "now-key" and is the name of the owners' grandson.
Publication: Wine advocate
Part of the single vineyard range, the 2013 Malbec Naoki's Vineyard was produced with grapes from a very young vineyard (planted in 2010) at 950 meters altitude on clay and limestone soils. This is the first bottling from these vines, and they have produced impressive juice that showed floral notes and nicely integrated oak. It was quite a revelation tasting this with the following vintage, where the grapes provided much more depth. This is quite harmonious, with some lightness and sparkling flavors. 14,400 bottles were filled in July 2015 after one year in barrel.