Humberto Canale, Estate Malbec 2015, Patagonia, Argentina
Tasting Note: You’ve likely never had a malbec from Patagonia, Argentina; this bottle is your opportunity to try it.
Deep purple in color, this aromatic wine has a nose of black currant, red plum and raspberry with hints of black cherry and clove baking spice.
On the palate the dry, full-bodied malbec displays ripe black fruit, medium acidity and jagged-edged, medium-plus tannin.
This malbec shows balance with ripe, but not overly-ripe fruit squaring off against a strong, but not overly-aggressive tannin profile that makes an impact without denying the wine the opportunity to showcase some mid-palate complexity.
Another winning bottle from Patagonia and from a winemaking that brings depth.
Bottle Note: The Canale Family vineyards are situated in Rio Negro Valley in Patagonia and are amongst the most southerly in the world. A dry growing season, with hot days and cold nights, helps to produce wonderfully ripe and generous fruit. The winery has recently been fully modernized. The wines are made from carefully selected grapes, where the yield has been kept extremely low to obtain maximum concentration of fruit. Barrel fermented.
Importer: New England Wine & Spirits, Inc., West Haven, Connecticut
Tasting Date: January 13, 2017