2015 Gen del Alma "Jijiji" Malbec-Pinot Noir Gualtallary

SKU #1250887 95 points Decanter

 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.

91 points 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)  (8/2015)

K&L Notes

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)

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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 (%): 12