2017 Bodega Noemía de Patagonia "J. Alberto" Malbec Rio Negro Valley

SKU #1547954 94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark The floral and blackberry character on the nose is so enticing and perfumed. Full and layered with a soft and juicy texture. Pretty, dusty tannins. Delicious finish. Inner quote mark (4/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark I love the serious and balanced 2017 J Alberto, a single-vineyard bottling from a field blend that is mostly Malbec with some 5% Merlot. It fermented with 20% full clusters and natural yeasts for three weeks. It then had an élevage of 11 months, when 15% of the volume was kept in egg-shaped vats, 20% in concrete tanks and the rest in used barriques and demi-muids. It's a moderate 12.5% alcohol and seems to have less influence from oak and better freshness. It has bright acidity and is almost effervescent, with citrus freshness. It is light to medium-bodied with red berry, pomegranate and blood orange freshness. Hans Vinding Diers explained that the end of the fermentation was without skins (they pressed before it finished), which helped to polish the grainy tannins that this wine sometimes has. This is so easy to drink it could be dangerous! It's the lightest, freshest J Alberto I can remember. This is super! (LG) 94+ Inner quote mark (6/2018)

K&L Notes

94 points Tim Atkin MW "An organically farmed, 66-year-old vineyard of 4.5 hectares in Mainque supplies the grapes for this judicious blend of Malbec with 5% Merlot. With some clove spice notes from partial whole bunch fermentation, this is bright, nuanced and refreshing with fine texture and smooth tannins."

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By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/24/2021 | Send Email
The J Alberto is a 4ha vineyard. It is 95% Malbec with 5%Merlot all ungrafted. Deep is the first thing that comes to mind when smelling this. It is intense but contained. You get the sense of falling into the fruit of this wine, or better yet, sliding, like Fred Flinstone down an Argentinosaurus ridiculously long neck. It is very evocative. The palate is full, broad, with just enough tannin to pull the wine back together on the finish. Intense, the fruit has a saturated cherry/ pomegranate thing, it vibrates and it is concentrated. Beneath the fruit is a very fine spice that speaks to the quality and the age of the oak that it was aged in. This is an incredible Malbec, that tastes nothing like its Northern brethren. It tastes like dinosaur wine.

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