2010 Tinto Negro Malbec Reserve Uco Valley
In our opinion, there is no better value in Malbec right now. Within the huge region of Mendoza, the Uco Valley lies towards the south where a combination of a cooler climate and, in this particular case, a much thinner layer of topsoil create one very compelling Malbec value. Fruit sourced from three different 20- to 25-year-old vineyards shows the classic darker - think black cherry and maybe some blueberries as well - slightly more acid driven fruit of this zone. Grapes for this new project, headed by two veterans from the world reknowned Catena winery (most importantly, one of them, Alejandro Sejanovic, was the vineyard guy!) are harvested at slightly different times to highlight the natural acidity in the wine. Oak ageing is kept to a minimum - 9 months in 20% new barrels and the rest used. The delicious, intensely fruity results are in the bottle.