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2016 Ghost Winery Malbec

2016 Ghost Winery Malbec

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Flora Springs has the distinction of being home to one of Napa Valley’s original “ghost wineries” – wineries built between 1860 and 1900 but abandoned in the early 20th century due to the triple threat of the vine disease phylloxera, the Great Depression, and of course Prohibition. Today, some ghost wineries still exist in ruins, but others, such as Flora Springs, have been renovated and restored to their former glory. Each year we bottle a small amount of estate-grown Malbec in honor of this long and illustrious history. Featuring a hand-drawn etching of our historic stone cellar, the Ghost Winery Malbec evokes early Flora Springs labels in the look and typeface.

Sourced from two small blocks within the Komes Ranch in Rutherford, this limited-production 2016 Malbec offers a cauldron of forward black cherry, blackberry and blueberry along with spellbinding notes of leather, coffee and tobacco. Warm and spicy with a bewitching hint of vanilla, the wine has an expansive, fleshy texture, soft tannins and a hauntingly delicious finish. This is a treat for any Halloween trickster.

All the Facts

Appellation:Napa Valley (100% Rutherford)
Varietal:100% Malbec
Cases Produced:600
Aging:22 months in French and American oak barrels
Price:$60
Enjoyability:Drink now through 2023

On the Vine

An early bud break followed by warm weather and spring rains brought a rapid start to the 2016 growing season, a near perfect year with beautiful weather from bloom, to berry set, to veraison and harvest. Napa Valley winemakers and vineyard managers worked closely together as the season progressed to ensure grapes ripened uniformly, adjusting vine canopies, thinning fruit and keeping a close eye on soil moisture. The harvest began in mid-August and wrapped up by mid-October, just ahead of the valley’s first significant fall rainstorm.