Pragmatic is one of our most unique wines. Typically a blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, it highlights the unique terroir of L.A.'s high desert, and produces a Malbec like no other. In 2018 the block where Pragmatic grows had a problem with fruit-set, and produced a minuscule crop, allowing for just 24 cases of production. However, the fruit that was harvested made for the most focused, clean, and precise version of the Malbec to date, and shifted both our barrel and blending program to bring you the "new" Pragmatic. The new blend is 95% Malbec, and 5% Petite Sirah.
The Los Angeles Malbec that is the star of Pragmatic comes from the Smith Family Vineyard on the north end of the Antelope Valley in an area known as Antelope Acres. The arid climate, and sandy soils make the perfect conditions for growing this expressive, fruit forward, Bordeaux varietal. The fruit was all hand-picked, cold soaked for 24 hours after crush, then fermented in an open top bin. The wine spent several months in neutral oak on the lees before it was racked into a new French oak barrel, where it remained until blending. Total aging 22 months in French oak, 50% new. Only 24 cases produced.
Blackberry and purple flowers lead the charge on the assertive nose, with hints sweet tobacco, leather, and earth. The palate is structured and firm, with simmered cherries and bright acidity. Smooth, fine-grained tannins draw out the brilliant finish.