Even after 30 years, we still come across wines that leave us scratching our heads, but always pleasantly surprised. Just the idea that someone would take a dark, powerful grape like Malbec and turn it into a bouncy, flavorful wine like this Yorkville Cellars is nothing short of mind-boggling. But, there it is and it's amazing.
Yorkville Cellars is owned by Edward and Deborah Wallo, who planted the organic vineyard in 1990 and built the winery in 1994 in the Mendocino town of Yorkville. Since the first harvest, their children loved to eat the Malbec grapes off the vine. That started the wheels turning and it wasn't long before they were winning awards up and down the state for their sweet Malbec. Even though they both had extensive wine experience, sweet Malbec wasn't one of them, making their accomplishment even sweeter.
When we tasted this wine, we were stunned. We had no idea what to expect. "Would it be a big robust wine like Port, or a light and lovely offering like Brachetto?" It turned out to be both, and neither. At 9.6% alcohol and 6.3% sugar, it is probably close to Brachetto which is the light, slightly sweet wine from Piedmont. But, then the presence of the grape kicks in and though nowhere near the power of Port, it does show its authority.
Sipping this wine is absolutely a treat on its own. Serving it with any light dessert featuring lemon or fruit will just accentuate the light berries in the wine. The best part is that it finishes with a freshness beyond compare.