2005 Bodegas Weinert Malbec Lujan de Cuyo

SKU #1078543

According to the Wine Spectator: "This refined red shows some age, with cedar, tobacco, and incense accenting the sun-dried black cherry and wild strawberry fruit, pushing through the fine tannins on the tangy finish. Drink now. 300 cases imported" (05/11) Based in Lujan de Cuyo, Bodegas Weinert is the most traditional winery in Argentina, producing very unique wines which not only show Malbec's typicity, but also the careful hand of skillful, slow and deliberate winemaking. Starting with fruit purchased from vineyards averaging 60-90 years old (and none younger than 35 years), Weinert carefully ferments the grapes in concrete, before transferring to old barrels and foudres to finish ageing. For this Malbec, the result is a wine with intensely rich dark fruit aromatics, with hints of fruit cake, leading to a palate that shows similar richness without lacking in freshness. Hints of violets unfurl, and the overall impression is of a wine with terrific interplay between savory richness and acidity.

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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.