2011 Finca Domingo Malbec Cafayate

SKU #1141662

The brothers Domingo, to put it simply, make delicious wine. A brief analysis sheds some light on why. For starters they have mature vineyards (many of which are 40-60 years old). These are ideally planted in sandy, gravelly soil at elevations ranging from 5,200 to over 7,000 feet (this maximizes the intensity of sunlight during the day and provides some cool down of temperatures during the evening - very important in creating intense and balanced wines). Winemaking lets the fruit shine as 30% of the wine is aged in second and third use oak, the rest in tank. The result? An intensely aromatic wine with dark cherries, effusive and nearly liqueur like explosiveness only not at all sweet smelling. On the palate the fruit is tasty - generous but relatively restrained for a Malbec with lovely spice, particularly cinnamon and clove, towards the finish. A memorable, impeccably made Malbec from one of the country's most underrated producers! (Joe Manekin, K&L South American wine buyer)

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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