2015 Gen del Alma "Jijiji" Malbec-Pinot Noir Gualtallary
This almost fluorescent ruby red Malbec-Pinot Noir offers gorgeous aromas of violets, raspberries and orange peel. Fresh, sharp acidity and crisp minerality in the mouth serve to frame the crunchy cherries. Full of energy and nervosity, an exceptional wine with real tension and a lengthy finish.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
It's only 12.0% alcohol, has crunchy red fruit plus remarkable acidity and minerality. The first wine was produced in 2014 and sold out in Buenos Aires in 20 days. The challenge was to replicate it in 2015, if possible, with more freshness and slightly larger volume. The grapes were harvested around February 20, when the Pinot was ready, so the Malbec was probably a little underripe. It has a very expressive, floral nose with notes of acidic berries and organic hints. The carbonic maceration makes the wines very expressive in the nose and provides a very polished palate. The palate is fresh, light and marked by acidity and an earthy touch in the finish. They use minimal sulfur in the bottling. This is irreverent and delicious. (LG)
Gen d'A is yet another Michelini brothers project, started by Gerardo Michelini and his wife Andrea Mufatto. They use fruit grown on a single vineyard in Gualtallary (within the Tupungato sub-zone). If you expect Malbec to be big, brawny and spicy, then this wine will come as quite a shock: it's actually 50-50 Malbec and Pinot Noir, picked rather early and fermented with whole clusters and carbonic maceration. It's all crunchy, tangy red berry fruit, a wine that is incredibly light on its feet and refreshing. Think good grower cru Beaujolais or even Anjou gamay. I must admit that while I do not pick up a ton of Malbec character in this Tupungato rendition, it is fascinating wine, sure to bring lots of new wine drinkers into the world of exciting new projects happening right now in Argentina. (Joe Manekin, K&L Argentinean & Chilean wine buyer)