2014 Bodega Mendel "Estate" Malbec Mendoza

SKU #1283703 91 points James Suckling

 A ripe and rich red with light jammy fruit, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Very drinkable and enjoyable now.  (5/2016)

90 points Vinous

 Saturated bright ruby. Sexy aromas of violet, blackberry and licorice, plus oaky torrefaction notes of bitter chocolate and espresso. Floral, firmly built and nicely delineated; still a bit youthfully tight but boasts lovely energy and definition. Again, there's no easy sweetness here. This savory, firmly tannic wine has the spine for mid-term drinking. (ST)  (3/2016)

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, the fresh and floral 2013, or the sumptuous, brightly fruited 2014, 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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- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.4