Finca El Origen, Reserva Malbec 2013, Tunuyan, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
Tasting Note: Where Argentinean malbecs sometimes underwhelm with tannin and oak – this malbec overwhelms with tannin and oak straight out of the bottle softening when given more exposure to air.
This is a Reserva that was meant to be aged, and I admit to drinking it too early but it still shows well. If I had to guess, a French winemaker has had her hand at this malbec since it has some of the assertive tones that I’ve come to associate with young old world wine.
Deep red in color, with medium-plus acidity, this full-bodied malbec shows its aging potential and doesn’t hide its dark fruit flavor. This malbec would pair well with red meat.
I hope to taste it again in a few years when it shows its true potential.
Bottle Note: In our reserve line we present a wide range of wines from one of the best terroirs of Tunuyan, Uco Valley, over 1,200 meters (3,900 feet) above the sea level, in which we seek the maximum varietal expression in perfect equilibrium with its balanced 6 months oak aging, that end getting tannins rounded and ripens the fruit, achieving intense wines, expressive and very pleasant in the mouth, with a long smooth finish. Is a typical Argentine malbec, concentrated, with ripe fruit and spicy note perfectly amalgamated. We recommend serving with red meats, between 16ºC and 18º (60ºF and 64ºF).
Tasting Date: June 2015