While these days Malbec is most-often associated with Argentina, it has long been a staple of both French and American winemaking. In both countries, Malbec is a pillar of Bordeaux-style blends, adding depth of color, flavor and tannins. It’s a bold winemaker outside Argentina that can pull off a standalone Malbec, and Frank Léal is one of them.
Frank Léal is a self-taught winemaker that at age 28 decided it was his calling to put San Benito County back on the winemaking map. He purchased a 50-acre estate in the foothills of Hollister, at the Northern end of the Central Coast region. Just a few miles inland from the cool ocean breezes of Monterey Bay, the estate is graced with warm daytime temperatures, creating a long, gentle growing season. Frank’s fine wines are built for drinkability and best enjoyed among friends.