2009 Belasco de Baquedano "Llama" Malbec Mendoza

SKU #1070285

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Purple color; spicy black fruit and floral aromas, supple, easygoing, with incipient complexity." (12/10) Having tasted the latest and greatest of a wine that we have simply come to know as "The llama," I was reminded of why it has become a staple in our store over the past few years: great quality for the price as well as consistency (though I must admit, this is my favorite Llama since the 2006 vintage). It was instructive to become re-acquainted with all the factors that make this wine such a consistently good value. Llama consists of 100% Malbec from 100 year old vines grown at over 3,300 feet elevation in the Agrelo sub-zone of Lujan de Cuyo (it is here where the largest concentration of very old malbec vines are located). These vines are original, French massale selections brought over to Argentina yielding a minuscule 1.5 tons per acre, and delivering a terrific, characterful malbec. Bright berry, plum and spicy wood influenced aromas lead to a very well integrated, stylish palate, full of dark fruits and a lovely sense of balance.

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- These days if you're drinking a Malbec it's probably from Argentina. The most planted grape in that country, varietally-labeled Argentine Malbecs are one of the wine market's great values, prized for their slight herbal component and dark, luscious fruit. Structurally, Argentina's Malbecs are much different than those grown in the grape's native France; they are riper, fruitier and fleshier. In France, the best iterations of Malbec can be found in the Cahors, where it can be quite decadent. It is also planted in the Loire Valley, where it is called Côt and is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Gamay, and in Bordeaux, where it has fallen from favor in many of the region's great blends because it is difficult to grow. In the United States, the varietal is frequently added to Meritage wines - Bordeaux style blends - but it is rarely found on its own.


- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme. Click for a list of bestselling items from Argentina.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5