2006 Carmelo Patti Malbec Lujan de Cuyo
Wine & Spirits
Carmelo Patti is a legend in the Mendoza wine scene, a producer who believes that Malbec needs bottle age to reach maturity. In this 2006, that age brings out tobacco and coffee scents while the fruit sustains its freshness, bathing the wine in subtle lavender aromas. It has the tension of a wine designed for refreshment and the flavor depth of a wine built to last, one that could evolve for another five years.
If you’re curious about how to make a delicious, textbook Malbec, with all of the bursting purple fruit, a minimal amount of oak and no overextraction to distract from the wine’s expression, here’s how it’s done. Start with terrific fruit (in this case from Pedriel in Lujan de Cuyo). Ferment with only native yeasts and age one year in concrete. Then age for another year in good quality, primarily used French oak barrels. Finally, another year of ageing in the bottle. It’s that simple, though when you taste the wine your thoughts will likely not be about winemaking, but wine drinking. This is as honest and tasty an expression of Argentine malbec as I have yet to drink.