The 2009 Vintage is a pleasure from start to finish. The nose is filled with many of the attributes that have become ...Read more...
Black olive, black currant, intensely aromatic, milk chocolate, roast beef, lots of paprika and coriander spices. Like velvet on entry, good acidy... Read more
The nose on the powerful 2009 Malk Cabernet opens with a flare. Scents abound at pouring, with raspberry and black cherry dominating an enticing b... Read more
I thoroughly enjoyed the 09 Cab. The taste of berry that finishes off with a hint of dark chocolate sweetness mixed with crisp oak flavor is just w... Read more
Food Pairings for Malk Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District
Editorial Reviews for Malk Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District
Black olive, black currant, intensely aromatic, milk chocolate, roast beef, lots of paprika and coriander spices. Like velvet on entry, good acidy very well concealed tannins, tons of plush, vanilla and cinnamon scented fruit. This is super refined, very fresh and a fruit bomb without the fat and weight of most fruit bombs. This is very easy to drink with a broadly appealing style and a structure that is soft enough to allow this to be enjoyed on it’s own but substantial enough to benefit from food. Really nice length on the fruity, spicy finish. 94pts
The nose on the powerful 2009 Malk Cabernet opens with a flare. Scents abound at pouring, with raspberry and black cherry dominating an enticing blend of fruit fragrances. Herbal notes of thyme and oregano mix with wafts of moist autumn leaves to frame the array of fruity aromas with an earthy background. Over the first hour, smoky oak, vanilla, leather and graphite emerge to add variety and depth. Cherry and cassis keep fruit in the forefront during the second hour. The palate launches slightly tannic and tight, with raspberry, cherry, blackberry and cassis breaking through with fruit medleys that give ample intimations of what will come. The wine’s promise begins to be fulfilled as tannins soften and smooth out over an hour and a half, with white pepper and spice adding zest to the rich long finish. With complexity and resonance increasing, the wine migrates toward a jammy explosion of ripe fruit, laced with licorice, coffee/espresso, tobacco, rhubarb and cedar. Fragrant notes of floral, including honeysuckle and rose (a staple on the nose of Malk Cabernets over the past six or seven years), emerge at two hours. Dark chocolate and leather make their appearance on the nose at this stage and remain through three hours. In the third hour, tannins become velvety on the palate, and the blend of flavors evolves to include blueberry in the spread of fruits, plus coffee, dark chocolate, oak, leather and a variety of spices. The evolution of this cab in the glass suggests that time is its friend and that a year or more of bottle aging will make it even better. Note: Since its first release in 2004, Malk Family Vineyards in the Stags Leap District of Napa has created a distinguished history of blockbuster cabs of such character and excellence that the problem now is getting them before they’re sold out, usually within months of release. The best chance to get a bottle is straight from the winery.
I thoroughly enjoyed the 09 Cab. The taste of berry that finishes off with a hint of dark chocolate sweetness mixed with crisp oak flavor is just wonderful. With every sip I tasted something new! Fantastic.
Nose/ When compared with the incredible 07 and 08 vintages, this 09 has deeper, softer, notes of those same lovely rose petals. Absolutely sexy and voluptuous. Plums and black cherries. Soft, light, white pepper and forest floor. Soft cedar, florals, and barrel room notes. Wild herbs. The aromatics deliciously ebb and flow. Enjoy over hours for the full experience. Taste/ Medium-full to full mouthfeel. Softer than previous vintages. Deep, round, notes of ripe currant and soft blackberries. Her acid is so nicely balanced that it seems seamless. Both bakers and milk chocolate play. Boysenberry and chocolate close her with a medley of mineral and rock. Long and elegant on the close. Note: best 2 hours post decant. Absolutely stunning, again. Another Malk masterpiece by Robbie Meyer, Winemaker.
USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malk Family Vineyards, Stags Leap District AVA, Napa Valley, California, 2008 As I’ve stated before, I think Malk makes one of the best California Cabernet Sauvignons that one can buy under $500. And she only costs $72 when you get a case, which you should! N/ Violet and rose-petal reduction (truly flat out amazing). Clean, deep plum meat and blackberry jam. Flinty, dark soil. Aged cigar box. Sage. Light wafts of dry forest floor. Wow and wow. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Exceptionally clean. Blackcherries and dark chocolate. Soft red berries and plums. Beautifully integrated acids and a velvety minerality. Holy cow, again. Winemaker = Robbie Meyer Price = $72 from http://www.malkfamilyvineyards.com/ Only 256 cases made, act now if you want to dazzle someone. Astounding. 96 / 97 5 FULL Snooth glasses for sure!
A beautiful, well-balanced and silky Cab from the Stag's Leap Appellation. Small production and family owned (by a lovely family!) are two of my favourite things about Malk wines. GREAT value considering this heavenly wine and from whence it came. It's simply perfect from beginning to unfortunate end...
The 2007 Malk Cabernet Sauvignon was a blockbuster, but the 2008 is even better, and may well stand as ‘best of show’ against all premium Napa Cabs in the new vintage. It is a stunning achievement, intense and profound. Its nose opens to an enchanting floral bouquet with wafts of rose, honeysuckle, rosemary and lavender. Gusts of sea breeze, ripe raspberry and blackberry, along with scents of forest fern, mushroom, vanilla and dark chocolate add interest and depth. The palate awakens to radiant, robust tannins, which brush the mouth with plush velvet, creating instant readiness for a parade of flavors. Cherry and dark berries enter first, accompanied by lively pepper on the top, heralding a scrumptious array of bright fruit, featuring blackberry, cassis, dried fig, and raspberry. The fruit medley sustains as the palate gently dries, leading to a long, satisfying finish. At three hours, drafts of roses, oats and crème brûlée refresh and expand the aromatics, and the palate is enriched with refrains of chocolate-covered cherries, caramel, bacon, mushrooms and earthy savors that enhance complexity and balance. The only down side is that the secret is out. In just its sixth year, this limited edition beauty won’t last long after its release in early 2012. 95+ pts. Winefire (12/13/11).
I do have just one complaint about the 2008 Malk Cabernet Sauvignon . . . when the bottle is empty, it leaves you wondering where the next sip would have taken you. This complex and exciting wine is not to be ignored or forgotten. Buy it and let it entertain you for an entire enchanting evening as it takes you through rose gardens, vanilla fields, chocolate kisses (just sweet enough but not too sweet), then rosemary . . . lavender . . . blackberry . . . the magic scents of the forest . . . and more. More! 96 pts. Lone Star Lady 1/3/12
The 2009 Vintage is a pleasure from start to finish. The nose is filled with many of the attributes that have become signatures of this wine...vanilla-spice, sweet chocolate, and ripe blackberry and currant. The 2009 also offers notes of the loamy and volcanic soils in which the grapes are grown. While the weighty palate is incredibly supple, there is plenty of concentration in this wine to carry it for many years of enjoyment.
192 Cases produced.
Notes: 60% new
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