2003 Fincas Don Martino Old Vine Malbec Single Vineyard "Viña Violeta" Lujan de Cuyo (Elsewhere $30)

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Here is a chance to see how a really well-made version of malbec ages. Produced from fruit sourced from a single 80 year old vineyard, Viña Violeta, and made by one of the most talented and experienced Argentine winemakers in Hector Durigutti, this is the real thing. Wine made from low yielding, well situated (at an elevation of 3,800 ft in the Agrelo sub-zone of Lujan de Cuyo) old vine fruit, harvested with care, fermented with its native yeasts and aged in oak for a year followed by extended bottle ageing. 91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Very nice and controlled, as a maturing high-end Malbec from a good vintage should be. Its full of ripe and classy fruit, leather and hints of finely aged gouda cheese. The palate is chewy but not thick, with balancing acidity and tannins. The fruit quality is up there, and thus the flavors of blackberry and cassis mixed with coffee and cream work wonders. Drink now and over the next year or two." (2/1/2009) 91 points from Wine & Spirts: "Fincas Don Martino 2003 Mendoza Martino Reserve Old Vine Vina Violeta de Agrelo Malbec Along with aromas of figs and sweet spices that speak of a warm year in Mendoza, this malbec has a flavorful and refreshing depth of ripe strawberry flavors. The texture is fat and silky. For pasta Bolognese." (2/09)

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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 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.
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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14