2012 Elsa Bianchi Malbec Mendoza (Previously $9)

SKU #1119069

The Elsa Malbec comes from Valentin Bianchi's Do˝a Elsa estate in the cool reaches of San Rafael, Mendoza. With just a kiss of French oak, the rich fruit dominates this easy-drinking red, which has barely-there tannins. The 2011 release garnered 90 points from Robert Parker and a 'Best Buy' designation from Wine Enthusiast, and the new release of this consistently delicious and affordable single vineyard Malbec doesn't skip a beat! Invoke your inner-Argentine and drink this alongside grilled flank steak with a garlicky chimichurri.

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Price: $5.99

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By: Christie Brunick |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/8/2013  | Send Email
Nowhere else can you find such a quality Argentine Malbec at this price! Classic in style and structure, with a beautiful, deep purple hue in the glass. Aromas of sweet blackberry, plum, blue fruit and chocolate, silky texture and polished in the mouth. Finishes very silky smooth with a lingering finish. Perfect for holiday parties and is great with or without food!

 By: Susan Bratton |  Review Date: 7/4/2013 
I picked up a bottle of this on a whim last time I was in the SF store. We drank it over the last two nights and as it opened, it became more lush. This is an EXCELLENT bottle of wine for the price. Highly recommended.

Additional Information:

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 (%): 14