2010 Coquena Malbec Salta

SKU #1109800 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Coquena's 2010 Malbec (100%) is a racy offering with notions of balsamic, licorice, blueberry, and black raspberry. Intense, forward, and friendly, it can be approached now but will drink well for another 4-5 years.  (12/2011)

K&L Notes

Coquena is the local name for a mystical, elf-like creature that indigenous people in Argentina believed protected their vicuñes, animals prized for their wool. Local mythology aside, this winery, with the Etchart brothers at the helm, is producing very flavorfull wine with loads of character. It's hard to believe that this wine is produced from relatively young vines, given the delicious fruit expression and fine balance. Pristine fruit is part of the key, as well as a very brief, three month elevage in primarily second-use oak barrels. Plum and huckleberry aromas lead to a juicy, round palate of plump berry fruit, fresh, tasty and fun wine that would be as delicious with a roasted chicken as it would be with steak frites.

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Alcohol Content (%): 14.6