2015 Noemia de Patagonia "A Lisa" Malbec Rio Negro

SKU #1301781 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 A Lisa is mostly Malbec with some 9% Merlot and a 1% pinch of Petit Verdot, a wine that shows the potential of Río Negro in Patagonia and the style of Noemía at a very attractive price and at the same time is easy to drink. 2015 seems to be an excellent vintage in the region, and this wine, which only saw 30% of its volume in neutral, well-seasoned oak barrels while the rest was kept in stainless steel for some nine months, shows a balance and freshness that can compete with the fines vintages produced. In his search towards elegance, finesse and drinkability, this vintage shows a profile that would be somewhere between Burgundy and southern Rhône, with a mixture of flowers and red cherries, insinuating, whispering, with a polished palate. It's sapid, tasty, almost salty, with ultra-elegant tannins and superb balancing acidity that makes it extremely harmonious; this is only 13.5% alcohol, one of the lowest--if not the lowest ever--but the thing is the balance, not the alcohol, which is unnoticeable in all the wines. This may very well be the best A Lisa ever, but from what I hear, 2016 could be the best harvest for Noemía as a whole, so I'm dying to taste the wines in bottle... One to buy by the truck load! 90,000 bottles were filled in early 2016. He's going to change the bottle to a Burgundian one from 2017, as he thinks it would better represent the character of the wine. (LG)  (12/2016)

92 points James Suckling

 Aromas of cool earth, dried mushroom and dark fruits follow through to a full body, tight tannins and savory finish.  (5/2016)

91 points Vinous

 Bright medium ruby. Sexy aromatic lift to the aromas of raspberry, mocha and pepper, with a musky leathery quality adding complexity. Supple, savory and easygoing, with red berry fruit flavors accented by herbs and spices. Very sexy, seamless wine with serious palate presence. Finishes savory and very long, with edge-free tannins. A lot of wine for the price, and quite amazing for an entry-level bottling.  (7/2017)

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Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/4/2017 | Send Email
A wonderful Malbec with solid tannin and spice. Lush, juicy black cherry fruit, with notes of cola and spice. Nice, lingering finish.

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/1/2017 | Send Email
Tasting this made me wish for a cowboy style grill up on the high plains of Argentina. The "A Lisa" Malbec has great smoky aromas, dark fruit in the mouth and a great balance between body and lift texturally.Tasting this today at K&L makes me fantasize about a big etrana cut of steak on the open range, and plenty of Noemia to wash it down with!

Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/6/2017 | Send Email
I was very impressed by the overall freshness, low alcohol, and dryness of this beautifully balanced Malbec. No dominating oak factor, no super-extracted purple fruit, just soft and refreshing strawberry and blackberry, subtle spicy accents, sturdy but seemless structure, and restraint. I have a feeling this would develop really well with some air but it was gone before I had the chance to find out. Very well-done.

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/24/2017 | Send Email
On the nose, dark cherries, blackberries, ripe strawberries, crushed gravel, cocoa and a hint of toast. On the palate, great balance between the rich fruit, plush, silky tannins and acid that provides lift and a crisp, long finish. This is a delicious Malbec that would raise any meal a culinary notch or three.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/24/2017 | Send Email
When it comes to Malbec in the burgeoning Rio Negro region of Patagonia, Bodegas Noemia is the name to know. What you're getting here for well under $20 is a beautiful, supple Malbec, with dark and red fruits, well integrated oak, and a profile whose richness of fruit and fineness of tannins combine to make this seem considerably more expensive. Whether you are a fan of more elegantly styled Malbec such as Achaval Ferrer, or generally seek out value in red blends from California, this Patagonian Malbec should absolutely be on your radar.

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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

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Alcohol Content (%): 13.5