The Malbec grapes for the Navigato Family Selection come from our La Consulta "Old Vines" vineyard. La Consulta "Old Vines" has the oldest of our Malbec vines, planted between 1947 and 1965. 2009 marks the first vintage of our top wine blended by our consulting winemaker, Attilio Pagli of Tuscany, Italy. The year was excellent for growing outstanding Malbec grapes. The extreme heat in part of January and February was not beneficial for our Merlot vines at La Consulta "Old Vines", so we decided not to include it in the 2009 wine.
However, the Cabernet Sauvignon from our Altamira vineyard was excellent, benefiting from a long and warm growing season, and the first harvest of Cabernet Franc from our Vistaflores vineyard was also remarkable. The final blend of 46% Malbec, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc recognizes the popularity of our sold out 2004, which was 50% Malbec, and is the first wine we made using grapes from all three of our vineyards. The wine was aged in 100% new French Oak for one year, blended in June, 2010, and has been returned to the oak for additional aging. Release is planned for late 2012. There will be 4,000 bottles.
“Bright colors. The nose is pretty young, very good spices, it may need more development, though. The mouth is less concentrated than the Malbec, but is quite elegant. The tannins are long and round”