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Devil Proof Malbec Ridge Rockpile 2019

$369.95
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15.10% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2019
  • WE 95
  • WA 97
  • IWR 98
  • JD 97
  • WI 98
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    Devil Proof Malbec Ridge Rockpile 2019 captures the essence of its unique terroir in the Rockpile appellation, one of the smallest and most distinctive American Viticultural Areas in Northern Sonoma County. Crafted by renowned winemaker Jesse Katz, this 2019 vintage reflects the rugged landscape and the intensive care and innovation that define Devil Proof’s winemaking philosophy.

    Perched at an altitude of 1,100 feet, the Rockpile Ridge vineyard faces the challenges of a steep 25-degree slope and a scant water supply due to its gravelly loam soils. This environment, stressed yet vibrant, naturally intensifies the flavors and structure of the Malbec grapes. Emphasizing these qualities, the winemaking process involves 100% barrel fermentation—a meticulous technique that enhances the wine’s depth and texture while managing the powerful tannins of the Rockpile fruit.

    In the glass, Devil Proof Malbec Ridge Rockpile 2019 shows a deep, almost mystical purple-black color that promises a rich tasting experience. On the nose, it boasts an elaborate bouquet of blueberry preserves, fruitcake, and candied violets, supported by more subtle notes of fresh leather, crushed rocks, and exotic Indian spices. These aromas hint at the complexity and allure that await in every sip.

    The palate is equally compelling, characterized by a velvety texture that carries flavors of warm blueberries, Morello cherries, and a delightful mix of cocoa and milk chocolate. The introduction of white pepper, dried thyme, and lavender adds layers of flavor that evolve and expand, revealing new dimensions with each taste. The finish is long and memorable, marked by floral and earthy notes that resonate well after the wine leaves the palate.

    Critical acclaims for Devil Proof Malbec Ridge Rockpile 2019 are resoundingly positive, highlighting its exceptional quality and the mastery of Jesse Katz. It has garnered impressive scores, including 95 points from Wine Enthusiast and 98 points from both International Wine Report and The Wine Independent. These reviews celebrate the wine’s intense flavor profile, intricate textures, and the seamless integration of its structural components—qualities that contribute to its stature as one of the best Malbecs worldwide.

    Ridge Rockpile is a distinguished AVA Sonoma County near the Dry Creek Valley, is one of the most impressive grape-growing regions in the area. This 60-acre mountain vineyard, benefiting from its high elevation and proximity to the Lake Sonoma reservoir, is part of the Rockpile appellation which sits majestically above the fog line. Thanks to an inversion layer originating from Lake Sonoma, Rockpile receives ample sunlight throughout the growing season, leading to the production of high-quality wine grapes.

    The history of Rockpile is as rich as its soil; once dominated by sheep ranches and the region’s native tribe pre-1850 which called the region Kabe, the area has transformed significantly. The creation of Lake Sonoma and the subsequent establishment of the Rockpile AVA in 2002 marked a new era of viticulture. Notable pioneers like Arthur and Susan Biedermann capitalized on this unique terroir, planting 10 acres of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah in 1997, thereby enriching the area’s viticultural heritage.

    Today, Ridge Vineyards in Rockpile not only continues to flourish but also diversifies with varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon, showcasing the region’s ability to produce exceptional wines. The Rockpile appellation, recognized for its distinct climatic advantages and geological features, remains a testament to the enduring spirit of its land and people.

    In summary, the 2019 Devil Proof Malbec Ridge Rockpile is not just a testament to the rocky, windswept profiles of its vineyard but a pinnacle of artisan winemaking. It is an experience that calls for leisurely appreciation, ideally after a few years of cellaring to fully appreciate its depth and breadth. Whether now with a proper decant or over the next 15-20 years, this devil proof wine from the Rockpile Ridge site is sure to impress and leave an indelible mark on all who taste it.

    8 reviews for Devil Proof Malbec Ridge Rockpile 2019

    1. Roberta Wald

      The 2019 Rockpile Ridge is a wine that impresses. The earthy flavor combined with a hint of mocha is a delightful pairing. A definite must-try!

    2. Earnest Kelly

      Jesse Katz has outdone himself with this Ridge Rockpile. The buttery and chocolate notes add a unique richness. It’s a wine that truly stands out.

    3. Wendell Nelson

      The 2019 Rockpile Ridge is a wine connoisseur’s dream. The rich notes of cassis and dark fruit are beautifully accentuated by the smoky finish. Truly a wine to savor.

    4. Dolores Franklin

      The black plum and mulberry flavors in the Devil Proof Malbec Ridge Rockpile 2019 are a wonderful surprise. Combined with a hint of vanilla, it’s a taste sensation.

    5. Gloria Streit

      Devil Proof Malbec Ridge Rockpile 2019 is a revelation. Its robust plum and blackberry notes dance superbly with the earthy undertones. A favorite for sure!

    6. Gretchen Forrest

      Devil Proof Malbec is an irresistible blend. The oak and cherry flavors are a bold pairing that create a memorable experience. Perfect for a cozy evening.

    7. Sarah Shanks

      Ridge Rockpile is truly an exceptional offering from Jesse Katz. The exotic spice and cocoa fuse in a symphony of flavors that leaves you longing for more.

    8. Robby Lozoya

      The Devil Proof Rockpile Ridge Malbec is a sensory delight. The vibrant raspberry and black fruit notes are a treat. This is a wine that never disappoints.

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    Critical Acclaim

    WE 95
    Wine Enthusiast
    From a dry-farmed site at high elevation, this wine is defined by its intensity of flavor, texture and tannin. Flavors of sweet tobacco and crushed rock complement a core of blueberry pie in a densely concentrated and decadently ripe wine that will leave an impression.
    WA 97
    Wine Advocate
    Winemaker Jesse Katz and associate winemaker Hillary Sjolund have introduced puncheons for the fermentation and maturation of the 2019 Malbec Rockpile Ridge Vineyard (about 40%). Deep ruby-purple, it has a generous, detailed perfume of warm blueberries and Morello cherries with layers of milk chocolate, white pepper, dried thyme and lavender, continuing to unfold as it airs in the glass. The full-bodied palate is powerful yet velvety, with fresh acidity, detailed, layered fruits and a very long, floral finish. Only 270 cases were made.
    IWR 98
    International Wine Report
    One of the best, if not THE best, Malbecs not only in the United States but the entire world, the 2019 Devil Proof Malbec by winemaker Jesse Katz, is scintillating from start to finish. It’s aged for 22 months in 100% new French oak barrels. The 2019 Rockpile Ridge sports aromas of crushed blackberries, wild blueberries, fresh spearmint, dusty country road, sweet tobacco, new leather, new steel, chocolate froth, and crushed rock. Gorgeous in the glass, exuding a dark purple core with a light neon pink rim in the glass, it’s impeccably balanced with lush, sweet tannins, perfected acidity, and an extraordinary finish that goes on for ages. Enjoy this now with a nice decant or over the next 15-20 years with proper cellaring. Highly recommended.
    JD 97
    Jeb Dunnuck
    The 2019 Malbec Rockpile Ridge has cloaking aromatics of graphite, kirsch, fresh leather, and cedar. The palate is ripe up front, with plum, cocoa, and mineral earth, with building tannins through a long finish. Allow a couple years in cellar for this to meld, and drink it over the following 15-20 years.
    WI 98
    The Wine Independent
    The 2019 Ridge Malbec was 100% barrel fermented and aged 22 months in 100% new French oak. Very deep purple-black in color, it sashays out with beautiful blueberry preserves, fruitcake, and candied violets, plus super floral aromas, crushed rocks, Indian spices, fragrant soil and a wonderfully earthy undercurrent. The full-bodied palate is rich, plush, and muscular with seamless freshness, and an epically long finish. 270 cases were made.

    What does Devil Proof Malbec Ridge Rockpile 2019 taste like?


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

    earthy, smoke, cocoa

    Red Fruit flavors of the wine

    cherry, raspberry

    Oaky Flavors of the wine

    oak, vanilla, chocolate

    Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

    blackberry, plum, dark fruit

    Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

    mint

    cream

    raisin

    Floral aromas found in the wine

    lavender

    Food Pairing with Devil Proof Malbec Ridge Rockpile 2019

    Our wine experts think this Red Wine Devil Proof Malbec Ridge Rockpile 2019 wine would be a match made in heaven with these dishes. Bon appétit!

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