2014 Valentin Bianchi "Elsa Bianchi" Malbec Mendoza

SKU #1187058

The Elsa Malbec comes from Valentin Bianchi's Doña 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. Invoke your inner-Argentine and drink this alongside grilled flank steak with a garlicky chimichurri. Many previous vintages recommended by Wine Enthusiast as a "Best Buy."

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Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/28/2016 | Send Email
A lot of wine for the price. The Elsa is light to medium bodied with bright and soft dark fruit flavors. It is dry, very easy to drink and can be enjoyed alone or with light foods. K&L has been selling Elsa for years and it has always been very popular.

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/24/2016 | Send Email
Malbec from Mendoza is one of the easiest, no-brainer, go to, everyday juicy red wine and the Elsa Bianchi delivers bang for your buck in spades. This is a wine packed with juicy berry notes, spice, and oak and can go with just about everything including more of itself. At $10 this is the perfect wine to keep stocked up on and enjoyed throughout the year.

Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/24/2015 | Send Email
Rich, dark fruit with a soft finish, this Mendoza Malbec is a big time crowd-pleaser with cherry notes, silky mouthfeel, and the ability to pair with party-friendly fare at a wallet-friendly price. And if that party happens to be for a young birthday, and the theme happens to be animated ice princess related, you can't beat the name as a tie-in for adults.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/27/2015 | Send Email
Yet another tasty, crisply red fruited Malbec from Elsa Bianchi. One of our most popular Malbecs, year in, year out.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/28/2015 | Send Email
A perennial value at K&L. Juicy, ripe, black and blue fruit, some chocolate notes. Fresh, soft and easy to enjoy. A classic party wine.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/23/2015 | Send Email
One of the top selling reds in the store year after year. Wonderful nose of dark fruit ( black cherry ) and spice ( dark mocha ). This is a big, rich, wine with a luscious mouth feel. The ultimate in silky smooth finish! Perfect party wine!

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/26/2015 | Send Email
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Like the previous vintages of this wine, the 2014 is a fun, affordable and easy drinking wine without the raisins/prune character in similar wines. A little French oak for added flavors and low tannins make this a perfect party wine. Consistently listed as a "Best Buy" by the Wine Enthusiast.
Top Value!

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- 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.


- 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