2006 Noble del Sur Malbec Reserve Mendoza

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This strapping red was produced from a single vineyard located 1100 meters above sea level at the foothills of the Andes. The plantings are quite dense (5500 plants per hectare). The soil is poor and stony, providing ideal drainage. The wine is aged in French oak barrels for months, and then sees a six-month resting period in bottle. What results is a big wine, textbook, higher quality Argentine malbec. It is a saturated, dark purple color, has aromas of blackberries, macerated plums and spice, and a generous but supple palate of dark fruits, enhanced by the pain grillÚ and vanilla notes provided by oak.This just received 91 points in the Wine Advocate.

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By: Kyle Kurani |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/31/2011  | Send Email
This is well crafted wine. Sourced from the foot hills, this mountain fruit malbec is both rich and well structured. Dark fruit and medium tannis go begging to be paired with a steak.

By: Alex Pross |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/20/2010  | Send Email
This wine was produced from a single vineyard located 1,100 meters above sea level in the foothills of the Andes. The plantings are quite dense (5,500 plants per hectare). The soil is poor and stony, providing ideal drainage. The wine is aged in French oak barrels for months, and then sees a six month resting period in bottle. What results is a big, textbook, higher quality Argentine Malbec. It is a saturated, dark purple color, has aromas of blackberries, macerated plums and spice, and a generous but supple palate of dark fruits enhanced by the pain grillé and vanilla notes provided by oak. This wine is showing very well right now. Do not hesitate to drink your first bottle; then, set aside a few more bottles to age. We tasted the 2004 alongside the 2006, and it was also drinking quite nicely, with a dense, generous core of fruit that promises at least another several years of development. For maximum enjoyment, we suggest decanting this wine and serving it alongside a well-seasoned grilled steak. Grass-fed, if you want to go Argentine-style. Enjoy and salud!

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Varietal:

Malbec

- 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 C˘t 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.
Country:

Argentina

- 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.