Denis Malbec, the Upvalley winemaker who died in a fatal car crash in April, had a blood alcohol content of .21 percent – more than two and a half times the legal limit, according to the Napa County Sheriff’s Office.
Malbec, 46, was driving a 2016 Mercedes-Benz on the night of April 16 when the vehicle went off Washington Street near Highway 29 in Yountville, striking several trees, officials said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Malbec died from multiple blunt impact injuries due to the crash, said Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Blower with the Coroner’s Office.
His passenger, Josh Phelps, a 30-year-old winemaker was taken to Queen of the Valley Medical Center for evaluation, but had no reported injuries.