2006 Carmelo Patti Malbec Lujan de Cuyo

SKU #1070672 93 points 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.  (6/ 2010)

K&L Notes

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.

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By: Mari Keilman |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/28/2012  | Send Email
I have such respect for wineries that can hold back their wines until they are actually ready to drink and that is why I love this malbec so much. A year of concrete, a year of neutral barrel and finally, a year of bottle aging gives this malbec the perfect amount of integration necessary to showcase the coffee, tobacco, violet aromatics and dark plum palate.

By: Kyle Kurani |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/9/2011  | Send Email
Carmelo Patti knows how to make wine. The couple of years of bottle age this wine has seen have done it a world of good. The nose bursts out of the glass with dark fruit, hints of chicory-laced coffee and an aroma of crushed black pepper. Rich, warm purple fruits are the first volley of flavor on the palate. Plum fruits are joined by a plum skin feel in the mouth, rich and luscious, but pure and not cloying. The fruit is followed by the coarsely ground black pepper that was promised on the nose. This is a wine that can be called “well made” without any hesitation, and it should be tried as a benchmark for Malbec drinkers.

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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.
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.