2008 El Libertador Malbec Mendoza
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2008 Libertador was aged in new French oak for 18 months. Deep purple in color, it sports an inviting nose of sandalwood, lavender, incense, black cherry, and blueberry. This leads to a plush, juicy Malbec with enough tannin to evolve for 1-2 years. This tasty effort will be at its best from 2013 to 2018.
Produced from fruit grown in an old vineyard located in the Las Compuertas section of Lujan de Cuyo, this wine really shows the pedigree of the old vine (planted in 1922) fruit source. Combined with an 18 month aging period in French oak barrels, this bottling shows dark fruit, violet and spicy wood notes that are all in wonderful balance. This is the kind of bold, rich, spicy yet balanced wine that Argentina's better winemakers produce as well as anyone in the New World.