2015 Malbec

Red Mountain
Tasting notes

Our 2015 Malbec presents a lovely contrast of dark brooding fruit and a rich, round, juicy mouthfeel with uplifting brightness from the balanced acid structure. Hints of minerality and earthiness blend seamlessly with blackberry and plum aromas characteristic of Malbec. The wine finishes with silky smooth tannins for a substantial finish.

As much as possible, we take a non-interventionist approach to winemaking. We place great emphasis on vineyard selection, picking, pressing, and blending so that Hightower wines are naturally beautiful and free from pretense. We let the powerful and concentrated fruit from Red Mountain speak for itself. The result is a collection of well-balanced, nuanced wines that reveal something new and interesting each time you open a bottle. We like to think they’re wines with character through and through — in how they were made, how they taste, and in the connections they inspire.

Download Wine Notes
Vintage2015
VarietalMalbec
Varietal CompositionMalbec 100%
AppellationRed Mountain
VineyardHightower Estate Vineyard 100%
DesignationHightower Estate Vineyard
Harvest Date09/07/2015
Residual Sugar<0.1g/L
Alcohol13.40%
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced74

JamesSuckling.com

"90 points. Slightly lifted with juicy fruit. Intense flavors of dried berries and hints of wet earth. Medium body, soft tannins and a fresh finish. Drink now." -James Suckling

Red Mountain AVA 100%

Estate Vineyard 100%

In 2005 we finished planting 10 acres of vineyard: 6 acres planted with 5 clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, 2½ acres planted with 4 clones of Merlot, and ½ acres of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot – with all of the plant material certified to be free of diseases and pests. Our vineyard rows are canted eleven degrees off of north-south. This orientation more evenly balances the sun exposure on each side of the vine row, increasing the exposure on the east and decreasing it on the west.

Tim & Kelly Hightower

Tim and Kelly Hightower founded Hightower Cellars in 1997 in Woodinville, Washington with a simple philosophy: "Get the best grapes and don't screw them up." With their grape supply primarily coming from Red Mountain, the husband and wife co-winemaking team set out to make high quality wine, beginning with their first vintage: 221 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Today Tim and Kelly aim to make wine that lets the powerful, concentrated fruit from Red Mountain speak for itself, producing wine with great character, that’s naturally beautiful and free from pretense. The result is a collection of well-balanced, nuanced wines that reveal something new and interesting each time you open a bottle. We like to think they’re wines with character through and through – in how they were made, how they taste, and in the connections they inspire.

2015 Malbec
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