Alhambra, Single Vineyard, Malbec Reserva 2013, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
Tasting Note: Want to taste what it’s like when I winemaker hits a home run? This is it.
With a nose of freshly-opened-packet-of Kool-Aid this wine is luscious violet in your glass. Tannin and acidity are in perfect balance and harmony with faint oakiness in the background.
This malbec presents as a whole and not as a combination of disparate assembled flavors. There is fruit – there is smoothness – there is tannin, and they all perform in unison.
Warning: This is a dangerous wine to sip because every sip you finish begs another. This bottle raises the profile of the Mendoza Argentina wine industry. Definitely sample more from this producer if you can find it in your local wine shop.
Bottle Note: The Uco Valley AVA in southern Mendoza sits at the base of the Andes Mountains at an altitude of 4,000 feel above sea level. Estate fruit only is used for this wine, it is entirely hand picked. Unfined and unfiltered, matured in French Oak for 12 months. Taste the extreme terroir of the Uco Valley.
Tasting Date: April 2015