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Bodega Noemia de Patagonia J. Alberto 2008
Malbec from Argentina, South America
High-toned nose of violet and vanilla, with ripe blackberry and boysenberry fruit. Stays bright and open-knit though the finish, with spice and graphite notes. Perfect for red meat courses cooked any style.
International Wine Cellar - "Saturated ruby to the rim. Knockout very pure nose offers blackberry, boysenberry, violet, bitter chocolate and sandalwood. A superripe, sexy, high-toned wine of outstanding density and delineation. As large-scaled as it is, its scary intensity and precision prevents it from coming off as heavy. Best today on the palate-staining, sharply focused finish, where the wine's serious tannins are totally buffered by sheer fruit intensity. A great showing. "
Wine Spectator - "Dark and lush on the nose, with lots of raspberry and boysenberry confiture, but this is racy and fresh on the palate, with a great graphite underpinning that lets spice, floral and licorice notes linger on the long finish. Malbec and Merlot. Drink now through 2011."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2008 J. Alberto, a field blend of 95% Malbec and 5% Merlot (planted in 1955), was fermented with native yeasts (as are all Noemia's wines) and aged for 9 months in 30% new French oak before bottling without fining or filtration. Purple-colored, it displays a superb bouquet of sandalwood, spice box, black cherry, and blackberry. This leads to a medium- to full-bodied, silky-textured wine with incipient complexity, succulent flavors, impeccable balance, and a 45-second finish. Give it another 2-3 years to fully blossom and drink it from 2011 to 2020. "
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Bodega Noemia de Patagonia Winery
Residing on the 39th latitude, Bodega Noemia is one of the southern-most wineries in the world. A region of glacial origins with poor soil and limestone-rich bedrock, it benefits from the mineral-rich waters of the Limay and Neuquen rivers. First plated in 1932, the original pre-phylloxera rootstock of the vineyards was carefully resuscitated starting in 2001, and winemaker Hans Vinding-Diers oversaw the estate'd Massale selections in order to create tailored vineyard compositions. To amplify the terroir's signature in the final wines, fermentation is carried out using only indigenous yeasts. Committed to protecting this unique patrimony, almost all Bodega Noemia wines are produced in accordance with Argencert organic and Demeter biodynamic standards. View all Bodega Noemia de Patagonia 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.