2013 Atamisque Malbec Uco Valley
Saturated dark ruby. Aromas of blackberry, violet and tobacco are complemented by sweet oak notes. Densely packed but light on its feet, with a mineral element and brisk acidity giving the wine an airy quality. The blackberry and espresso flavors show a touch of greenness as well as an almost port-like suggestion of dried fruits. This nicely concentrated wine finishes with good length and a firm tannic spine. (ST)
Atamisque is the first property you will see upon entering the Uco Valley from the north. Run by Loire Valley native Jean Edward, who was instrumental in establishing Chandon's Argentine operations in the 1970s, Atamisque is making a very good range of wines from their own vineyards. This Malbec comes from 80-year-old vines growing on two separate vineyards in the Uco Valley. A nose of rich, macerated black cherries is intense, nearly pungent, and leads to a palate of big juicy fruit, but with surprising freshness as well. Subtle savory tones and a hint of graphite round things out. Given the wine's heft and ageing in 60% new French oak, it is not at all shy, and yet maintains a a real sense of balance; this is a tasty and very well-made wine.