2009 Fincas Don Martino "Viña Violeta" Malbec Old Vines Mendoza

SKU #1076383 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 A winning Malbec for under $20. The nose is pure and hits with a blast of licorice, tobacco, cola, blackberry and dry balsam wood. The palate is driving, with blackberry, black plum and pepper flavors. Potent but balanced on the way out. Drink now and over the next couple of years.  (11/2011)

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It was the fruit from the small, 18.5-acre Viña Violeta in Agrelo (a sub-district of the Luján de Cuyo appellation of Mendoza) that inspired agronomist Mauricio Parodi to enlist businessman Hugo Martino to launch Fincas Don Martino. The site's ungrafted, 85-year-old Malbec vines are planted at 3,850 in elevation and made by famed Argentine winemaker Héctor Durigutti. A terroir-driven Malbec, this really gives the sense of Agrelo, with black plum, cocoa powder, cardamom, nutmeg and vanilla scents. In the mouth it's rich and almost glycerol, with plum, black currant and blackberry fruit, soft tannins and hints of chocolate.

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Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/3/2011 | Send Email
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This has to be one of the top five Argentine Malbecs to hit our wine market in 2011. The purity of this wine and level of complexity is just astounding. Deeply colored, the opulent nose offers cocoa, cassis, anise, cigar box, and cedar in gondolan amounts. In its expansive, broad set of flavors, you are treated to a wine of intense richness of a plumy, currant, and white pepper characteristic, with well-integrated tannins, superb complexity, layers of flavor, and a finish that refuses to give up. If you are looking for a wine, loaded with character found in those that are much more expensive, to give as a holiday gift to one of your wine-snob friends or relatives, and want to keep the price down, this Gem is it. That snob will think that you paid $100.00 per bottle for this. This Gem will be one of our house reds for the holidays, according to Anderson. 14.0% ABV (Jim Barr)
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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 (%): 14