You can search high and low for a dull story, a bland angle, in the Layer Cake Wine world and you will undoubtedly come up empty. In the case of our Argentinian Malbec, or Sea of Stones blend, you’d be looking high, in terms of altitude that is.
The Sea of Stones vineyard is where we grow and make our Malbec, as well as Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdot, all varietals found in the Sea of Stones blend. At 3,000 feet above sea level. Not technically a very high altitude, but when it comes to wine production, it is one of the highest.
Located adjacent to the Mendoza River in Argentina, the terrain is a product of a time long, long ago. During the post ice age melt, the Mendoza River swelled to over five miles wide, as the melt water slowed, it left behind a layer of cobblestones, gravel and soil hundreds of feet deep. The entire ground surface of the area is cobblestones, as far as the eye can see, a Sea of Stones.
Perhaps it is the history of the land that makes the wine taste so good. Or it could be the painstaking care with which the grapes are allowed to ripen fully on the vine, and then harvested, de-stemmed and sorted, all by hand. Whatever the reason, when settling in with a glass of Malbec or Sea of Stones, find some quiet time to enjoy the story in your glass.