When you are as successful as Rob Griffin — and you no longer are sending money to college — you can afford to hold onto some red wines until the time is right. While he remained committed to vineyards such as Freepons, Lonesome Spring Ranch and Red Heaven, the cool vintage prompted Griffin to barrel-age this Malbec more than usual. It leads to aromas of dark chocolate, blueberry, poached plums, cherry cola and allspice. The fluid is quite rich and akin to a fruit compote with blackberry, black cherry and a dusting of cocoa powder. Sandy tannins and a lick of Jolly Rancher grape candy make for a suave finish. Suggested pairings include lasagna with porcine mushrooms or orange-ginger duck.
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