Lava Vine Malbec 2015 | Napa Malbec Super Value
Lava Vine Malbec 2015 presents a Lively fuschia color with glowing bright undertones. A celebration of purple flowers, graphite, and Mission plum aromatics jump out the glass, inviting sip after sip. While on the palate, this wine offers a satisfying roundness with fruit—plum, red currant, raspberry. All tinged by espresso and crushed violets. Finally, a long, velvety finish makes this a memorable wine. Enjoy now-2025.
Crafting a velvety, sleek Lava Vine Malbec 2015 showing off the full extent of winemaker Rudy von Strasser’s considerable talents. This fuschia bottling is a limited-release exclusive and an astonishing deal: we’re offering this bottle at half off the list price of $48. Just $21.99 on cases for a Malbec that marries power and structure, a black fruit core and dusty tannins, crafted by a winemaker of the highest pedigree. Only 100 cases to go around of the sharpest Napa red deal you’ll see for a long time.
Rudy von Strasser | First American Intern at Lafite
Rudy von Strasser was the first-ever American intern at Château Lafite Rothschild. Hence, absorbing the lessons of the grand Pauillac First-Growth before returning to the West Coast. Also an alum of Trefethen, and Newton Vineyard, nicknamed “The Prince of Cabernet. Von Strasser has proven himself a grape whisperer for a variety that is an essential element of many Bordeaux blends: Malbec. Blending Malbec with Cabernet, locating the perfect balance of plushness and power, is an art, and one von Strasser has mastered like few others.
So in 2015, von Strasser sold his estate and vineyard and bought Lava Vine. A beloved institution in Calistoga, Lava Vine specialized in lesser-known grape varieties and appellations. While producing wines that had a strong following in Napa. As the tasting room was a renovated barn where the musically-inclined staff was known to pick up their instruments on a whim and throw impromptu concerts. One of the grapes von Strasser immediately set to work to continue releasing was the Malbec. A variety so dynamic he felt it merited a solo release.
The winemaker arrived just in time to take advantage of the magnificent, hot 2015 harvest. Which James Suckling called “clearly an outstanding year. “If you are missing some of the flamboyance of Napa reds from the early 2000s, you are going to love many of the wines. Just An under-$25 steal. Lava Vine Malbec 2015 is a hidden gem that Napa enthusiasts should grab by the case.
|WBOTD||Just the Good Stuff|
|Why add this wine to your Collection / Cellar?||Exclusive Napa Malbec from the ‘Prince of Cabernet’ Lafite alum Rudy von Strasser | Velvety & Memorable with a long finish|
|Why now?||Exclusive Super value at $24.99 – extremely limited | $48 at the winery – only $21.99 buy 12+|
|WBOTD Cellaring Worthiness Rating|
|What is it?||Napa Valley Red Wine|
|What’s in it?||Malbec | ABV 14.2%|
|When to drink?||now thru 2025+|
|Pair with:||Pairs w/Red & White Meat, Comfort foods, Cheese|
|Drink with:||Friends & Family|
|Occasion||Great Italian Red Wine Appreciative Friends & Family|
|If you want to drink now...||Decant 60 Minutes|
|Recommended purchase Qty:||6+ includes free shipping | 12+ @$21.99|