Bodega DiamAndes Uco Malbec 2010
Malbec from Argentina, South America
DiamAndes de Uco Malbec is a blend of single varietal Malbec for which Argentina's vineyards are famous, and offers all the fullness, richness and intensity of fruit characteristic of Malbec. The attack is clean and silky, the palate develops lovely aromas of dark fruit, with notes of chocolate and pepper, and a pleasant smokiness. A very balanced wine, full-bodied and fruity with a silky texture and a delightful finish.
DiamAndes de Uco Malbec is the perfect pairing for poultry or grilled meat, in the style of the Argentinean "Asados"!
Blend: 90% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Syrah, and 2% PVerdot
The Wine Advocate - "Bodega Diamandes' 2010 Diamandes de Uco Malbec contains small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Petit Verdot in its blend. It offers up a pleasing perfume of spice box, underbrush, violets, and black cherry. This sets the stage for a savory, ripe, well-balanced Malbec that is a good value meant for drinking over the next 4-5 years."
Bodega DiamAndes Winery
The Bodega DiamAndes is a single estate nestled in the foothills of the Andes Mountain, at an altitude of 1,100 meters. The vineyard is located in the heart of the Uco valley, one of the best quality vineyard areas in. Bodega DiamAndes has gained international recognition across the world, and is increasingly appreciated for its excellent quality and value for money. The fabulous terroir and the ideal climate, combined with expertise and experience, has resulted in the outstandingly long-living wines. View all Bodega DiamAndes Wines
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Notable FactsUnlike its Chilean neighbor, Argentina's vineyards are spread out around the country. The best known region is Mendoza, almost parallel to Santiago to the west. Mendoza contains the sub-regions of Maipu (pronounced MY-pu) and San Rafael. Grape-wise, the most important white is Chardonnay, making wine similar to California's style on the variety. Another fun white grape to try is Torrontes. Almost only grown in Argentina, Torrontes makes wines that are crisp, aromatic and easy-drinking. Some of the best versions of this wine come from the northern region of Salta, with very high altitude vineyards. As for the reds, Cabernet Sauvignon is the main grape for many wines leaving the country, but Malbec, the grape Argentinians like to call their own, makes very distinctive wines that are structured, dense and velvety. Many more varieties happily grow in the country, but for export, and consistent quality, these are the primary grapes.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.