It is not often we get to try 100% varietal Malbec from the Napa Valley. This one is special – The GRATUS Vineyards Malbec is dark ruby red in the glass. Intriguing on the bouquet – it is very aromatic showing notes of blackberry and boysenberry, cloves, cinnamon, dried rose petals and cedar box. While the secondary characteristics are present – the bouquet is really about the intensity of fruit. Seamless across the palate this wine has no harsh edges. Perfectly balanced with somewhat dusty well-integrated tannins lingering softly along with baking spices and hints of mocha and coffee. Good acidity with a lively finish.