2008 El Libertador Malbec Mendoza

SKU #1113233 90 points 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.  (12/ 2011)

K&L Notes

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.

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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 C˘t 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5