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Devil Proof Malbec Farrow Ranch 2018

$369.95
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15.10% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2018
  • WS 94
  • WE 95
  • WA 100
  • JD 100
  • VIN 93
  • WI 100
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    The Devil Proof Malbec Farrow Ranch 2018 is a standout expression of single-vineyard virtuosity, crafted by the adept hands of winemaker Jesse Katz. Nestled in the Alexander Valley hillsides of Northern Sonoma County, this Malbec originates from the unique terroir of Farrow Ranch, particularly from the renowned Block #17. Known for its volcanic soil composed of Suther loam and Pleasanton gravelly loam, this block is perfectly suited for cultivating Malbec, allowing for the dry-farming technique that intensifies the wine’s flavors and complexity.

    Upon pouring, the Devil Proof Malbec Farrow Ranch 2018 reveals a deep garnet-purple hue, hinting at its dense and layered nature. The wine invites you in with a powerful and intricate nose. A burst of blueberry preserves and dark cherries dominate the aromatics, supported by enticing notes of milk chocolate, dried lavender, and pencil shavings, with a refreshing hint of wild mint.

    The taste follows through with a spectacular display of richness and elegance. The palate is treated to a luxurious texture that is both velvety and lively, showcasing a harmony of ripe blackcurrant fruits complemented by tobacco, lead pencil, and spice box nuances. Subtle floral and mineral undertones weave through the profile, enhancing the wine’s complexity. This Malbec boasts a full-bodied richness, with beautifully ripe tannins that extend into a long, perfumed finish, making every sip as memorable as the last.

    Critical acclaim for this vintage has been resoundingly enthusiastic. Scoring an impressive 100 points from both Wine Advocate and Jeb Dunnuck, it has been celebrated for its pure floral perfume and multi-dimensional texture. Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusist praised its precise details and firm tannins, while Vinous and The Wine Independent lauded its bright, floral character and seductive richness. This collection of accolades confirms the wine’s position as an exemplar of top-tier Malbec, highlighting its potential to evolve beautifully over the next two decades.

    In essence, the Devil Proof Malbec Farrow Ranch 2018 is not just a bottle of wine but a vivid portrayal of its origin— Devil proof wine that captures the devil’s wine in its most refined form. It’s a testament to the distinct character of the Devils Well Cabernet Sauvignon region, and a must-try for anyone seeking to experience the pinnacle of Malbec craftsmanship.

    12 reviews for Devil Proof Malbec Farrow Ranch 2018

    1. Dara Graven

      The Devil Proof Malbec Farrow Ranch 2018 is a delightful blend of black fruit and plum. A perfect companion for a cozy night.

    2. Frank Dickens

      Devil Proof Farrow Ranch is a bottle of delight. The plum flavor sings in every sip, paired with a hint of tar, it’s a unique experience.

    3. Ruby Smith

      This wine is a gem. The tobacco taste of Devil Proof Malbec Farrow Ranch 2018 is surprisingly pleasant. A must-try for wine lovers.

    4. Joann Segovia

      Hats off to Jesse Katz! The tobacco and dark chocolate fusion in Devil Proof Malbec Farrow Ranch 2018 is just mind-blowing.

    5. Albert Calo

      Jesse Katz does it again with Devil Proof Malbec Farrow Ranch 2018. It’s a beautiful concoction of dark chocolate and tobacco flavors.

    6. Kayla Mccauley

      This wine from the Alexander Valley is a treasure. Devil Proof Farrow Ranch’s blueberry and plum mix is a treat for the taste buds.

    7. Peter Eastman

      Devil Proof Farrow Ranch is a decadent dance of black fruit and plum. It’s a party on your palate. A true Alexander Valley masterpiece!

    8. Gerardo Gardner

      The Devil Proof Malbec Farrow Ranch 2018 is a refreshing twist on classic Malbec Wine. The black fruit and tar flavors are wonderfully balanced.

    9. Lori Crespo

      The Alexander Valley is known for its exquisite wines, and this Malbec Wine is no exception. The blueberry and black fruit combination is heavenly.

    10. Virgil Edwards

      The tar flavor in this Malbec Wine might sound strange, but it adds an intriguing depth. Paired with blueberry, it’s a taste adventure.

    11. Frances Halterman

      Jesse Katz has outdone himself with this Alexander Valley creation. Devil Proof Malbec Farrow Ranch 2018 is a symphony of flavors.

    12. William Ewing

      The blueberry notes in this Malbec Wine are simply divine. Complemented well by subtle hints of dark chocolate. Cheers!

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    Critical Acclaim

    WS 94
    Wine Spectator
    Precise and wonderfully detailed, featuring fresh, juicy cranberry, blood orange and raspberry flavors at the core, with firm and muscular tannins. The long finish shows accents of dried lavender, dark chocolate and pepper that linger. Drink now through 2038. 375 cases made.
    WE 95
    Wine Enthusiast
    Firm, supple tannins support an earthy, herbal undercurrent of cedar, pencil lead and sweet tobacco in this varietal wine. A rich blue-berry flavor explodes on the palate, while a leathery texture melds with a hint of dark chocolate.
    WA 100
    Wine Advocate
    The 2018 Malbec Farrow Ranch from Devil Proof is the best example of 100% Malbec I've ever tasted. Opaque purple-black in color, the nose explodes to pure, kaleidoscopic aromas of blueberry preserves and dark cherries, milk chocolate, dried lavender, pencil shavings and wild mint. The palate is spectacular with a velvet-like texture and bursts of freshness elevating its pure floral perfume. It's fragrant, layered and seamless, the last drop better than the first, and it leaves you wanting just one more sip! Only 375 cases were made.
    JD 100
    Jeb Dunnuck
    Slightly deeper and richer, with more blackcurrant fruits as well as tobacco, lead pencil, spice box, graphite, and dried flower-like nuances, the 2018 Malbec Farrow Ranch is a beauty, hitting the palate with full-bodied richness, a deep, layered, multi-dimensional texture, building tannins, and a stunning finish that carries remarkable minerality as well as freshness. Malbec doesn't get any better, and this magical wine will evolve for 20 years or more. It’s the finest Malbec I’ve ever tasted and hats off to winemaker Jesse Katz.
    VIN 93
    Vinous
    The 2018 Malbec Farrow Ranch is gorgeous. Bright, floral and punchy, the 2018 is bursting at the seams with varietal character. Inky dark red/purplish berry fruit, spice, leather, tobacco and rose petal are some of the notes that come alive in the glass. This is very nicely done.
    WI 100
    The Wine Independent
    The 2018 Farrow Ranch Malbec was aged 22 months in 100% new French oak. Deep garnet-purple in color, it needs a bit of coaxing to unlock fragrant notes of fresh boysenberries, rose oil, star anise, and baked plums, plus touches of tilled soil and truffles. Full-bodied on the palate, it is rich, seductive, and yet incredibly light on its feet, with wonderfully ripe tannins leading to a very long and perfumed finish on this mind-blowing wine. 375 cases were made.

    What does Devil Proof Malbec Farrow Ranch 2018 taste like?


    Light
    Bold
    Smooth
    Tannic
    Dry
    Sweet
    Soft
    Acidic
    Earthy Flavors of the wine

    tar

    Oaky Flavors of the wine

    tobacco, dark chocolate

    Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

    plum, black fruit, blueberry

    Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

    pepper

    Food Pairing with Devil Proof Malbec Farrow Ranch 2018

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