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Malk Family Vineyards
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

Antonio Galloni

Rating: 93

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is the best wine I have tasted from Malk. Dark, pliant and inviting, with terrific fruit purity, the 2016 is very nicely balanced. Dark cherry, plum, violet, spice and menthol all run through this plump, juicy Stags Leap Cabernet. Silky tannins add to the wine's considerable appeal and immediacy. Drink it over the next 15-20 years.
— Antonio Galloni


Malk Family Vineyards
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

James Suckling

Rating: 91
Blackcurrant and spices with blueberry and cherry character.  Some resin and walnuts.  Medium body, tangy and citrusy acidity and a fresh finish.  Intruiging nature to this wine.  Better in 2019. 


Malk Family Vineyards
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Robert M. Parker, Jr.

Rating: 94
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon has slightly more opaque purple color than the 2012, beautiful bluer-fruit characteristics, with black raspberries, blueberries, slightly more concentration and greater materials. Nevertheless, it's full-bodied and capable of 15 or more years of aging potential with its terrific purity and symmetry. This is a sleeper producer, and I'm happy to have tested them.
— Robert M. Parker, Jr.


Malk Family Vineyards
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

James Suckling

90 Points
A Full and rich red with sweet plum and berry character. Round tannins and a flavorful finish. A little jammy, but still outstanding quality. Drink now.
— James Suckling

Robert M. Parker, Jr.

Rating: 91
A very impressive 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from Malk Family Vineyards, both this vintage and the subsequent 2013 spent 20 months in 75% new French oak. The color is a dense ruby/purple, the wine shows plenty of classic créme de cassis, Christmas fruitcake and spice box. It has pure flavors, a full-bodied mouthfeel, but sweet tannin and a long, layered mouthfeel. This is impressive and realistically priced. Moreover, it should drink well for another 10–15 years.
— Robert M. Parker, Jr.


Malk Family Vineyards
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Enthusiast

90 Points
This inky, herbaceous 100% Cabernet is defined by peppercorn and dusty, chalky pencil shavings. Juicy on the palate as well as soft and supple, it’s complex and etched in black licorice, with a lingering finish.
 — V.B. (Virginia Boone) Published 04/01/2015

11 Great Napa Cabernets from 2011

Article by W. Blake Gray, Wine-Searcher.com
I think that, like '98, the last widely panned Napa vintage, the 2011 Cabernets might one day be the best-tasting bottles in those wineries' cellars. I went to St. Helena recently to blind-taste 90 of them, looking not for competence, but for greatness.

2011 Malk Family Vineyards
Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon

14.9% alcohol

Malk calls itself the smallest producer of 100-percent Stags Leap District Cabernet, so you know this isn't an easy wine to find. South African Brian Malk bought the vineyard adjacent to Fay Vineyard in 1997. Stags Leap District wines have been prized for elegance, and thus have fallen behind some of the gutsier mountain Cabs in the mind of some critics. This is a good representation of why the district became famous before some of the others: it's a smooth, seamless wine with savory and floral notes integrated into blackberry fruit.
- W. Blake Gray, Wine-Searcher.com, September 2014
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Malk Family Vineyards
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

2010 Malk Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Enthusiast — 92 Points
This 100% Cab wants some time in the cellar. Right now, it's fresh and powerful in black cherries, currants, licorice, mocha and sweet toasty oak, with firm tannins and a streak of citrusy acidity. A masculine wine, brooding and aloof, it needs at least 6–8 years in a good cellarto begin to come around.
-S.H. (11/1/2013)

2010 Malk Cabernet Sauvignon

James Suckling — 90 Points
Aromas of blueberries, minerals, flowers and spices follow through to a full body, with fine tannins and a citrus, smoke and walnut aftertaste. Slightly hollow center palate now but should cometogether with two or three years of bottle age.
(May 2014)

2010 Malk Cabernet Sauvignon

Connoiseurs Guide to California Wine — 90 Points ​​
Generous and rich at every turn, and a touch on the ripe side for some palates as the result, this outgoing effort builds from first aromas of ripe black cherries, a whiff of currant and a minerally, graphitey note into full-bodied, somewhat rounded and supple entry impressions. Its tannins, while not massive, are on the hard side, and while there will be those who revel in its muscularity set against a softer background and enjoy the wine now, we are of a mind that patience is a better course.
(Stephen Elliot, April 2014)

2010 Malk Cabernet Sauvignon

Stags Leap District, by Don Gillette
This fine and classically Stags Leap Cabernet is darkly rich and attractively oaky to the nose, where ripe red cherry, Cassis, vanilla, mocha and sweet tobacco scents find a graceful harmony. Things are just as rich, but more complex on the palate, as notes of briar, licorice root, sweet roasted grain and milk chocolate provide some sweet-savory contrast to fruit flavors of dark cherry and red currant. The finish is long and already shows an appealing suppleness to counterpoint its core of polished tannin. It is delightfully dinner-worthy right now, yet the patient can expect another several years of improvement.
–Napa Valley Winery Exchange (9/2013)


Malk Family Vineyards
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

2009 Malk Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap, by Don Gillette
This deeply rich Cabernet has a juicy-ripe nose dominated by blackberries and Cassis, over notes of mocha, sweet tobacco and baking spices. It is fleshy and luxurious on the palate, where black cherry takes the lead over the darker fruits and vanilla, mocha, tobacco, date molasses and baking-spice notes all come on strong. The finish is sweet-natured and lingering, but always fruit-forward despite all the oaky richness. Expect this already delicious wine to get steadily better for five years or more.
–Napa Valley Wine Exchange (11/2012)

2009 Malk Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap, by Gary Prior

Since its first release in 2004, Malk Family Vineyards in the Stags Leap District of Napa has created a distinguished history of blockbuster cabs of such character and excellence that the problem now is getting them before they're sold out, usually within months of each new release. Time is no doubt running out on the 2009 Cabernet as it did on its predecessors, and the best chance to get a bottle is straight from the winery.

The nose on the powerful 2009 Malk Cabernet opens with a flare. Scents abound at pouring, with raspberry and black cherry dominating an enticing blend of fruit fragrances. Herbal notes of thyme and oregano mix with wafts of moist autumn leaves and humus to frame the array of fruity aromas with an earthy background. Over the first hour, smoky oak, vanilla, leather and graphite emerge to add variety and depth. Cherry and cassis keep fruit in the forefront during the second hour. The palate launches slightly tannic and tight, with raspberry, cherry, blackberry and cassis breaking through with fruit medleys that give ample intimations of what will come. The wine's promise begins to be fulfilled as tannins soften and smooth out over an hour and a half, with white pepper and spice adding zest to the rich long finish. With complexity and resonance increasing, the wine migrates toward a jammy explosion of ripe fruit, laced with licorice, coffee/expresso, tobacco, rhubarb and cedar. Fragrant notes of floral, including honeysuckle and rose (a staple on the nose of Malk Cabernets over the past six or seven years), emerge at two hours. Dark chocolate and leather make their appearance on the nose at this stage and remain through three hours. In the third hour, tannins become velvety on the palate, and the blend of flavors evolves to include blueberry in the spread of fruits, plus coffee, dark chocolate, oak, leather and a variety of spices. The evolution of this cab in the glass suggests that time is its friend and that a year or more of bottle aging will make it even better.
-Gary Prior (03/13)

2009 Malk Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap, by WallingB
Although very young, this 2009 is a full bodied, big red Cabernet with a bold first taste and lengthy finish. Decant it for a couple of hours before drinking and serve 60-65 degrees and you can enjoy it even now. Cellar it for at least a few years and it will be even better. Truly, one of the best of the Napa Stags Leap Sauvignon
-WallingB (04/23/13) cellartracker.com


Malk Family Vineyards
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

2008 Malk Cabernet Sauvignon by James Suckling
"Love the rich and opulent nose with chocolate and meat undertones. Full body, with velvety tannins and a soft and velvety finish. Hint of toasted oak and cappuccino. Why wait? $$"
-COUNTRY: United States, SUB REGION: Napa Valley, SCORE: 91

2008 Malk Cabernet Sauvignon by Don Gillette
This is an intense and immediately impressive Cabernet that opens with varietally focused and beautifully ripened aromatics. The nose pours forth in a wave of Cassis, blackberry, blueberry, dark earth and tobacconist-shop spice. On the palate, everything is as plush and concentrated as expected and although the tannic structure is boldly outlined, any impression of coarseness is pushed out of the way by the wines cascade of bright fruit, baking spice and sweet tobacco flavors. With airing a deeper core of rich cherry and mocha is revealed. The finish shows lovely clarity, richness, a supple texture and fine length, and the lingering impressions are of satisfying richness and future promise. Certain to grow in depth and class over the next five years, it could also prove to be long-lived.
–Don Gillette, Napa Valley Winery Exchange (1/9/12)

2008 Malk Cabernet Sauvignon by Lone Star Lady
I do have just one complaint about the 2008 Malk Cabernet Sauvignon . . . when the bottle is empty, it leaves you wondering where the next sip would have taken you. This complex and exciting wine is not to be ignored or forgotten. Buy it and let it entertain you for an entire enchanting evening as it takes you through rose gardens, vanilla fields, chocolate kisses (just sweet enough but not too sweet), then rosemary . . . lavender . . . blackberry . . . the magic scents of the forest . . . and more. More!.
–Lone Star Lady (1/3/12)

2008 Malk Cabernet Sauvignon by Winefire
The 2008 Malk Cab is a stunning achievement. After a stellar 2007, many 2008 Cabs were less complex and powerful. Not this one. The 2007 Malk was a blockbuster, but the 2008 is even better. Its nose opens to an enchanting floral bouquet with wafts of rose, honeysuckle, rosemary and lavender. Gusts of sea breeze, ripe raspberry and blackberry, along with scents of forest fern, mushroom, vanilla and dark chocolate add interest and depth. The palate awakens to radiant, robust tannins, which brush the mouth with plush velvet, creating instant readiness for a parade of flavors. Cherry and dark berries enter first, accompanied by lively pepper on the top, heralding a scrumptious array of bright fruit, featuring blackberry, cassis, dried fig, and raspberry. The fruit medley sustains as the palate gently dries, leading to a long, satisfying finish. At three hours, drafts of roses, oats and crème brûlée refresh and expand the aromatics, and the palate is enriched with refrains of chocolate-covered cherries, caramel, bacon, mushrooms and earthy savors that emerge to enhance complexity and balance. The only down side is that the secret is out. In just its sixth year, this limited edition beauty is sure to be gone quickly. 95+ pts.
–Winefire (12/13/11)

Articles About Our Wine

• "11 Great Napa Cabernets from 2011"

2011 Malk Cabernet Sauvignon
Read an article that reviews 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon wine from Napa Valley. Click here for the article.

• "1 Wine Dude Serious Wine Talk"

2007 Malk Cabernet Sauvignon
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• "Snooth" Wine Review and Article

2007 Malk Cabernet Sauvignon
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Malk Family Vineyards
2017 Sauvignon Blanc

2017 Malk Sauvignon Blanc

This is a pretty white with grapefruit, dried apricots and a hint of beeswax. The palate shows good weight and structure and, with some crunchy acidity, paints a complete picture of a solid sauvignon blanc. Love the creamy and oily texture, complemented by acidity tension. Drink now.
-James Suckling, SCORE: 92 Points, COUNTRY: United States, REGION: California


Malk Family Vineyards
2015 Sauvignon Blanc

10 Stellar California
Sauvignon Blancs

New reviews of refreshing, fragrant whites for the dog days of summer

MALK Sauvignon Blanc
Napa Valley 2015

Score: 90 | $30
Aromatic, with honeysuckle and peach flavors that are intense and balanced against a crisp lime core. Shows oomph and spice on the finish. Drink now. 299 cases made.
— MaryAnn Worobiec, WineSpectator.com, August 22, 2016
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Malk Family Vineyards
2013 Sauvignon Blanc

2013 Malk Sauvignon Blanc
Napa Valley

This terrific Sauvignon Blanc is bright, yet slightly juicy to the nose, where Key lime pie, green plum, kumquat, nectarine, vanilla cream and mineral scents create a forthcoming and sophisticated harmony. There is chiseled focus and fine generosity on the palate, where an impression of liquid-minerality brings density to the otherwise creamy texture and adds a firm underpinning to delicious stone fruit and citrus flavors. The finish is long, deep, rich and full of drying minerality, while plum, nectarine, kumquat, quince, honeysuckle and a bit of white pepper all linger in the memory.
-DON GILLETTE, Napa Valley Winery Exchange, May 2014


Malk Family Vineyards
2012 Sauvignon Blanc

2012 Malk Sauvignon Blanc

A pert, savory Sauvignon Blanc, this is brisk with acidity. A tart gooseberry touch shines against a backdrop of pink grapefruits, peaches, and limes. A bit of ripeness on the finish will pair well with Vietnamese fare.
-S.H., Wine Enthusiast, November 1, 2013. SCORE: 88 Points, PRICE: $29

2012 Malk Sauvignon Blanc
We haven’t been this excited about a white wine in a long time. The 2012 Sauvignon Blanc is the best showing ever of this varietal from Malk Family Vineyards. In fact, it redefines the category. Stunningly complex and balanced, the wine delights both nose and palate with a continuous evolution of yellow fruits, blended harmoniously with intermittent notes of bitter-sweet minerality. The nose opens to a spray of rich ripe peach, with hints of cantaloupe, apricot and tangerine. The palate launches with equal pleasure, as taste buds are engaged in a parade of brightly nuanced fruit flavors, framed with a pleasantly tart and tangy acidity. Opening to peach, the symphony of savors moves through apricot to a tropical mélange, highlighted with delicious pineapple. Then comes the most wonderful of surprises — just when one might expect a Sauvignon Blanc to simply end, an astonishing finish begins instead, as if Merlin himself were stirring the brew afresh, bringing up delicate sedimentary tidbits of sweet slate and bright rocky trimmings to embellish the experience and create an entirely new moment in the wine’s delivery. The finish is amazingly long, complex and enchanting. We enjoyed this wine at 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The warmer than traditional temperature seemed to suit it, and certainly, its treasures opened lushly. What a sumptuous summertime pleasure!
-Winefire, May 30, 2013

2012 Malk Sauvignon Blanc
My husband and I enjoyed a few bottles at The Marine Room in La Jolla, CA. You came highly recommended by an associate dining with us. We only had the Sauvignon Blanc that evening, and it was literally the best we've ever had (and I thought we had had the best already). Thank you!!!! =)
-Bari Smallwood, August 2013


Malk Family Vineyards
2011 Sauvignon Blanc

2011 Malk Sauvignon Blanc, by Don Gillette
This beauty has a gorgeous nose of sweet limes and honeydew melons, with hints of smoke, golden figs and vanilla custard adding richness and depth to what is a vibrantly youthful and harmoniously balanced aromatic. Things seem both zesty and luxurious on the palate, where bright, penetrating flavors replicate the aromas. The finish is long and flavor-packed, yet cutting crisp and dry. This gorgeous dinner wine will yet improve over the next 12 to 18 months.
–Napa Valley Wine Exchange (retasted 11/2012)

2011 Malk Sauvignon Blanc by Golden Gate Wine Cellars
I rarely, if ever conduct blind tastings of Sauvignon Blancs, but decided to give it a try when a bunch of Francophiles challenged me to go head-to-head with California. A few of my “French” friends provided “their” wines and I sourced the local market. As you know I don’t stock the big names, I wanted to include some in this tasting to see how they would do against the French and small, boutique producers. Since Brian Malk is from South Africa, I decided to include a well-rated white from there as well.

• Peter Michael Winery Sauvignon Blanc l'Apres Midi (94 Pts Parker)
• Domaine Pascal Cotat Sancerre les Mont Damnes (94 Pts Parker)
• Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc
• Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc
• Louis-Benjamin Dagueneau Sancerre Monts Damnes (a very expensive $120.00, 95 Pts Parker)
• Domaine Claude Riffault Sancerre les Desmalets (93 Pts Parker)
• Peirson Meyer Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley Ryan (93 Pts WS)
• Reyneke Reserve White Stellenbosch (93 Pts WS)
• Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc
• Malk Sauvignon Blanc

The winner, by a long shot MALK 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley!

Our friends at Malk produced a stunning wine. The Aromas of peaches and melons are gorgeous and elegant jumping right out of the glass. On impact this well-made youngster tickles the palate with flavors of fresh apricots, honeydew, orange blossom and a touch of
minerality. Medium weight, this wine has good body with its hallmark Sauvignon Blanc crisp flavors. The finish is silky and long lasting. Only 278 cases produced!

Also check out the 2008 Malk Cabernet Sauvignon!
–Golden Gate Wine Cellars (9/2012)

2011 Malk Sauvignon Blanc

If initially shy, the aromas expand with airing to serve-up a tightly wound mix of lemon custard, grapefruit, melon, key lime pie, pineapple souffle and honeysuckle scents. It proves as youthful and as dense on the palate, but shows a broader range of flavors, including nectarine and other stone fruit notes, pear, melon and honeysuckle, over rich vanilla cream and citron underpinnings. The finish is quite long and deftly balances youthful zest, concentrated fruit and some attractive oak-derived spice. Built to last — like the "still improving" 2010, it will get better and better over the next two–three years. It should be very satisfying already with the richer fish and fowl entrees. 276 cases produced.
–Napa Valley Wine Exchange (6/21/2012)

2011 Malk Sauvignon Blanc
I rarely record notes about wines from this varietal, as they are typically meant to be consumed young and a note's value is accordingly fleeting. That said, this offering is similar to the outstanding bottlings of Merry Edwards with respect to its relevance. Straw-Colored and sporting a beautiful nose of passion fruit, minerals and exotic spices, it follows with a crisp palate of the same flavors, in a light to medium bodies frame with seamless alcohol. The middle palate is solid and the flavors built on the lengthy, fresh finish. This is more than a run-of-the-mill Sauvignon Blanc. It should drink nicely (and may even improve) over the next three years.
-by La Cave D'Argent on winecellar.com (04/24/13)

2011 Malk Sauvignon Blanc
I put together a Sauvignon Blanc tasting to highlight/contrast the differences between Malk 2011 S.B., Girgich Hills 2007 Fume Blanc, and Joesph Mellot 2011 Sancere. These are all wonderful wines and I chose to pair them with a Cambodian charred catfish dish with mango slaw.

The Mellot was classic Sancerre with grassy notes, minerality, high acid and crisp mouth feel. A strong contrast to the other two. Served chilled.

The Girgich Hills had softened with age and felt velvety on the pallet with notes of honey. A good choice for the S.B. fan who is averse to acid. Served chilled and decanted.

The Malk Family was clearly the star of the show. Served at room temperature as the wine maker recommends this wine has amazing balance. My guests were immediately impressed. I received two bottles of this wine in the spring and opened one immediately and my initial thought was that the 2011 did not live up to the greatness of the 2010. It was a good wine but seemed a bit rough, young. 6 months of bottle age and the 2011 is truly magnificent. It's the white wine for people who love a full body red but for one reason or another can't drink red wine. I would pair this with any dish that includes fresh sweet and sour veggies and fruits. We had a salad of julienne vegetables, crisp apple, and seafood with heat from diced jalapenos that the Malk Sauvignon Blanc stood up to and complimented nicely. The fish/mango brought out ginger flavors from the Malk that I had not yet experienced in earlier tastings. Cheers to Malk Family Vineyards and their amazing wine.
-by James Mossman on Snooth.com (10/15/12)

Read more: http://www.snooth.com/wine/malk-family-vineyards-sauvignon-blanc-2011/#ixzz2FcMwLfP0


Malk Family Vineyards
2010 Sauvignon Blanc

A lovely aromatic array bursts from the bottle at uncorking. Scents of ripe peach, kumquat and pear float on delicate wafts of green grass, graphite and vanilla, offering an exhilarating medley. At 30 minutes, notes of Granny Smith apple, straw and honeysuckle join the mix, creating even more interest. The palate is greeted by a lively mixture of peach and citrus, making for an intriguing interplay of sweet and tart fruit. A pleasant acidity offers promise of further development, and hints of fresh green leafiness, straw, apple, mulberry and honeysuckle drift through the center, mingling with one another in a delightful quadrille around the scrumptious core of yellow fruit.
–Winefire (5/18/2011)


Reviews by James Suckling of Malk Family Vineyards
2006 & 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

2006 Malk Cabernet Sauvignon
"A balanced and subtle wine with cedar, blackberry, and hints of nuts on the nose and palate. Full and velvety, straightforward. Pull the cork after 2012. 14+22+22+32."
COUNTRY: United States,
SUB REGION: Napa Valley, SCORE: 90

2007 Malk Cabernet Sauvignon
"Aromas of aniseed, licorice, and dark fruits such as boysenberries and mulberries. Full bodied, with slightly rough tannins and a slightly disjointed palate, but it should come together with bottle age. Pull cork after 2013. 14+22+22+32."
COUNTRY: United States,
SUB REGION: Napa Valley, SCORE: 90


2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

Customer Comments & Reviews:

Nose: At 15 minutes, the nose opens to cherry and soft herbs, with hints of blueberry and honey. At an hour, the nose broadens to include blackberry, mulberry, raisin, sage, smoked asparagus, moss, sweet pipe tobacco, licorice and caramel. At two hours, scents of honey and French vanilla coffee bean, along with a softer vanilla in the background, float in a woodsy, floral haze, providing a perfect milieu for staccato bursts of plum, black cherry, pepper, cocoa, coffee, pine shavings, jasmine, lilac, honeysuckle and deep red rose. These aromas come and go, remixing over four hours into countless medleys of enchanting sparkle and hybrid harmonies.

Palate: The opening salvo on the palate is sexy and succulent, with a full spread of dark fruits, chocolate, pine and a bit of floral. The first sip delivers a rich full-bodied feel throughout, balanced from beginning to end with soft tannins, leaving a sensation that fruit is oozing from every pore of the tongue. At one hour, the palate turns to velvet, with fleeting astringency on the back as the tannins stretch their muscles, and acidity takes its place to give the wine a strong percussive base. Onto that stage, enter swells of raspberry, blueberry and blackberry, all covered with caramel and honey, and topped with dark chocolate truffle. As these lush notes continue through the fugue-like finish (considerably more than 60 seconds) there comes an aftertaste of creamy fruit with a sultry, bluesy zing. But it’s not over yet. At two hours, cayenne pepper spices up the rondo as the red, blue and black fruits keep their elegant balance while sashaying through a smooth, buttery mouth, highlighted by crescendos of black cherry, cassis, and raspberry, with sweet candies and chocolates ringing bells in the middle. At three hours, the palate hits a peak in complexity and richness of flavor and feel, hosting a perfectly integrated arpeggio of fruits and spices, framed by decorative, refreshing sweetness in front and back, and underscored by the trio of vanilla, caramel and honey playing softly in the alcoves. Silky tannins help sustain the bright treble tones on the upper palate, giving rise to a pleasing tingle during the finish.

“This is the perfect cabernet. It takes you from salad to steak to dessert. For me, it is the joy and the excitement of wine, and it keeps changing.” Bingo.
- Marc

Comments & Updates:

Golden Gate Wine Cellars — Frank Melis' Wine Newsletter – (Got MALK? Malk beats the Big Boys (girls) from Napa!)
Golden Gate Wine Cellars Top 15 Wines for 2010
– (We're #15!)


2006 Cabernet Sauvignon


This beautiful Cabernet announces its Stag’s Leap heritage with its distinctive aromatic profile of milk chocolate, cherry licorice, sweet plums, vanilla and dried tobacco leaves. The wine is even more clearly Stag’s Leap on the palate, where rich flavors of red cherry, red currant and milk chocolate rise on a delightfully supple, palate-coating wave. The finish is long and already extremely satisfying and the tannins are buried under layers of mocha and Cassis. Certain to improve for a few years, this one is so attractive now as to make waiting seem pointless.
- Napa Valley Winery Exchange, Dec. 2009

When you think of the Stag's Leap District you know the fruit is intense with solid, firm tannins. This Cabernet Sauvignon is an outstanding representation of a GREAT Stag's Leap Cab .... and, I mean GREAT! The aromas of cassis, black cherry, and spice give a positive first impression on the nose. The rich and sophisticated fruit is well-balanced with notes of vanilla and gentle cedar. The wine shows off full body with rich, pleasing tannins that allows it to be enjoyed now, but it should age beautifully for 10 or more years to come. This wine does not need food.....just an armchair and a friend to enjoy it together! 93 pts.
- The Wine Guy, Aug. 2009 www.wineguyreviews.com

 Black olive, black currant, intensely aromatic, milk chocolate, roast beef, lots of paprika and coriander spices. Like velvet on entry, good acidy very well concealed tannins, tons of plush, vanilla and cinnamon scented fruit. This is super refined, very fresh and a fruit bomb without the fat and weight of most fruit bombs. This is very easy to drink with a broadly appealing style and a structure that is soft enough to allow this to be enjoyed on it’s own but substantial enough to benefit from food. Really nice length on the fruity, spicy finish. 94pts
Snooth.com Review, December 2009: http://www.snooth.com/wine/malk-family-vineyards-cabernet-sauvignon-stags-leap-district-2006/
Snooth.com Article, December 18, 2009 "2009 Cabernet & Merlot Round Up"
by Gregory Dal Piaz

Produced under the watchful eye of winemaker Robbie Meyer (Peter Michael Winery, Lewis Cellars, L’Angevin, and Sage) Brian Malk's goal is to produce red wines that reflect the vineyard and district; wines approachable in their youth with ripe fruit, but which are supported with full body and rich tannins that are a signature of Stags Leap wines. Griffin, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier whose image graces the bottle, would be proud! Only 235 cases made. Drink now-2020.WSI – 94 pts.
- The Wine Spectrum


Napa Valley Wine Exchange
on “Things to Be Grateful For in 2009”

Favorite new Cab producers (both 2006s from Napa): Malk — from a plot astride the famous Fay vineyard in Stags Leap; and Boeschen - next to Chabot vineyard, at the base of Howell Mountain.

My personal favorite “Eureka!" moment: Learning where the Malk vineyard was located after describing that 2006 Cab as "Cask 23-like".

Comments & Updates:

February 2012 — Haute Wines introduced the most comprehensive, single appellation wine collection currently available. The Stags Leap Appellation Collection features 19 of Napa Valley’s premier cabernet sauvignon producers from within the famed AVA (American Viticultural Areas). Cabernet from this region is famous for being juicy and dense, possessing soft, velvety tannins and power all at once. We are in the top 3! Read about Malk's 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon on HauteLiving.com.

Jan. 2010 — In a recent blind tasting of 130 Napa cabernets, we were ranked 16th!!!
You can also review customer comments on our wines at www.ebacchus.com and www.snooth.com.
Read a review by Kitchen Confidante at kitchen-confidante.com/acquaintance

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon

Customer Comments:
It is now 4 ½ hours since we opened our last bottle of 2005 Malk Cabernet, and I am writing on behalf of our little group of devoted fans in Texas to say “thank you” again for letting us have the three bottles of this special vintage three months ago. Four of us – my son, my wife, a dear friend, and I actually had the discipline to savor your incredible nectar over one hour, two hours, three and four hours – a few ounces at a time. The last sip is now history. My . . . oh my.

For the first hour, we enjoyed a medley of dark red fruits and deep earthy greens on the nose, along with wonderful round tannins in the mouth and a vibrant symphony of tastes. We were amazed again at three hours when the evolution began anew and continued over the next hour and a half, until just now. Between three and four hours, the floral aromas migrated from wild hibiscus blossoms to elusive violet scents, finally arriving at the full richness of deep red rose. In between the florals was a deep garden green that provided bookends for a delightful dance that kept us waiting expectantly on “what’s next?” We simply could not believe the many elegant changes during this wine’s evolution over an evening. The acidity contributed to a perfect balance, with sweet and sour fruitiness alternating in the middle. Finally, nearing the last ounce, we all noticed the sudden emergence at 4 hours of a strong black cherry center, giving a closing burst of lively flavor as the final glass ran dry.

Alas, gone too soon . . . like the summer itself . . .


Reviews by Winefire of Malk Family Cabernets,
‘04, ’05, ’06, and ’07, tasted on October 16, 2010

Customer Comments:
I am almost embarrassed to tell you how much we love your wines. But I’ll get over it. They’re all wonderful. Oh my.

It was our extraordinary pleasure to review a 4-bottle vertical of Malk Family Cabernets on a recent October evening between 4:00 and 8:00. A shared recognition, besides “triumphant”, was the presence of vanilla and honey, along with lilac and red rose, on the nose of each wine beyond about an hour after uncorking – providing a gorgeous and ubiquitous bouquet we have found nowhere else. From there, the uniqueness of each vintage provided delightful variety, but also evidence that the genius of Malk is solid in its achievement of stunning cabernets marked by ever-evolving combinations of fruit, spice, caramel, herb, flower and earth – in wines that last not only through the long, succulent finish of each sip, but over hours of satisfying discovery.

We are happily divided about our favorite vintage, but all agree that the 2007 has a special verve, along with the richest tannins and greatest promise of them all. It keeps ‘becoming’ over time in air — mysterious, magical and mercurial — and would no doubt still be presenting encores of joy, well beyond our four-hour limit, if the last drop had not been poured and drunk. Just as one of the highlights of this collection is the vitality of each wine over an evening, the 2007 exhibited that characteristic in spades. By the end of our brief encounter, it had emerged as the best of them all, and it has those characteristics of greatness that should allow it to cellar well for many years. Who knows what this wine might become in a few years! It is already a tour de force.


2004 Cabernet Sauvignon

Customer Comments:
Nose: Wow! This is an astonishing and unique cabernet. At opening, the nose fills with the scent of brandy, accompanied by a wonderful cast of rich fruits in the center, including cherry, prunes and blueberry, along with fresh spring grass and spicy notes of cloves, white pepper and caramel. Wafts of honey, lemongrass, blackberry, vanilla, and butterscotch add to this wonderfully dynamic array. At one hour, plum and melon converge and join the medley. At two hours, the nose opens even more, and aromas include vanilla, tobacco, sweet red pepper, dark cherry, toast, chocolate, and red rose, highlighted by bright fruit notes which emerge from a creamy, buttery lattice. At three hours, this wine has the most sensuous nose of its journey - sweet breezes of plum, raisin and cassis intermingling with floral (including red rose) and honey to create an aromatic opus.

Palate: The complex nose leads to an early openness on the palate, with a brandy/cognac overture on the top and back, supported by a fruity center of cherry, blueberry, cassis, and raisin. At an hour, woodsy flavors intermingle with the dark fruits, bringing notes of cedar chest, freshly cut grass, cloves and vanilla to the composition. Acids and tannins are perfectly organized, adding spice and a slightly peppery zest to the finish, along with a pleasant tartness. At two hours, floral chimes of red rose, cumin, honeysuckle, and rosemary dance through the palate as well as the nose, joined by black cherry, hazelnut and orange peel in the middle, with honey added on the finish. When sweet bell and red pepper join the mix at four hours, along with hints of almond, ginger, honey and crème brûlée, the wine’s complexity reaches its height of interest and enjoyment. The 2004 is a romantic wine, producing rich, seductive combinations of fruit and spice that circle a brandy-style core, which sustains beautifully as the rest of the arrangement changes all around it.

2003 Cabernet Sauvignon

Customer Comments:
I recently had your 2003 that was represented in the SLD Appellation Collection, and found it to be one of the finest wines I had the pleasure of serving.

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