2013 Bodega Mendel "Estate" Malbec Mendoza

SKU #1237711 93 points James Suckling

 This wine has balance and finesse with blueberry, blackberry and some walnut character. Full body, fine tannins and a beautiful finish. Drink or hold.  (6/2015)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Malbec is produced with the grapes from an ungrafted vineyard planted in 1928 in Mayor Drummond in Luján de Cuyo at some 980 meters altitude and another one in Perdriel. After hand-sorting the grapes, the wine macerated in 50- and 80-hectoliter tanks for three weeks. It matured in a combination of new, second- and third-use French oak barrels for 12-14 months. It has a lactic nose intermixed with aromas of flowers and fresh fruit. 2013 was a cooler year and the fruit had more malic acid, which might be the explanation for the lactic character I found here. It's also more floral and shows less aromas of plums so often found in warmer vintages. The medium-bodied palate shows good balance and is juicy with sweet tannins that make it very accessible. You feel the hand of a winemaker in this textbook Malbec. It should go an extra mile in bottle with the freshness of the year. I met with Roberto de la Mota and his partner in Mendel Anabel Sielecki in Madrid to taste the latest releases from the winery. They have planted 20 hectares of high-density vineyards (6,900 plants per hectare) in Altamira, one of the hottest zones (in terms of attention, not weather!) in the Valle de Uco in Mendoza, now that the name has been freed and the zone delimited and defined. (LG)  (8/2015)

K&L Notes

Roberto de la Mota, son of the legendary Raul de la Mota (former longtime winemaker at Bodega Weinert), consistently produces some of the tastiest and most seductive of Malbecs at Bodega Mendel. While this has been a wine that often times shows great tannin structure to bolster its pure fruit and spicy, oak polish (Taransaud barrels are favored here), the past few vintages have shown a wine that has stylistically come into its own. Whether it's the honest, intense yet transparent 2012, or the fresh and floral 2013, Mendel of late has truly been a wine that respects vintage and readily shows the difference that a year makes. (Joe Manekin, K&L Argentinian Wine Buyer)

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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 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.
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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 (%): 14.4