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Bodega Noemia de Patagonia Rio Negro Valley Malbec 2007
Malbec from Argentina, South America
Gorgeous nose of berries and flavors of vanilla, spice, graphite and mocha. Great acidity and minerality that drive the finish to remarkable lengths. Excellent with any kind of red meat meals with hearty sauces.
Wine Spectator - "Very fresh, with great acidity driving the fig, crushed plum, blackberry and boysenberry fruit flavors, all laid seamlessly over a racy graphite underpinning. Shows great drive and focus, with gorgeous spice notes echoing through the lengthy finish. Perhaps not as dense as the 2006, but with better freshness and precision now."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 Malbec was sourced from a 77-year-old, pre-phylloxera vineyard, fermented with native yeasts and aged in new French oak for 18 months. Deep violet in color, it has a superb perfume of wood smoke, damp earth, spice box, incense, black cherry, and plum. Medium- to full-bodied with an elegant personality, the wine has a satin texture, superb depth and grip, succulent flavors, integrated oak, and a lengthy, pure finish. This pleasure-bent wine can be enjoyed now but will certainly evolve for another 3-4 years and drink well through 2022."
International Wine Cellar - "Bright red-ruby. Rather claret-like aromas of currant, sour cherry, fresh herbs, tobacco and cedary oak, with hints of mint and graphite. Tight, juicy and delicate, with a floral quality and firm spine contributing to an impression of intensity without weight. With its notes of cedar and minerals and uncommon elegance, this struck me as downright Lafite-like. Finishes with very fine tannins and sneaky length. A wonderfully delineated wine that conveys a distinct cool-climate character."
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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
About ArgentinaView a map of Argentina wineries (ahr-jen-TEE-nah)
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.