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Bodega del Desierto Malbec 2006
Malbec from Argentina, South America
Dark red with bluish tones. Its typicity is reflected on the nose through notes of black fruits and plums, accompanied by traces of chocolate and vanilla from its aging in new oak. It feels wide in the mouth, with sweet, velvety tannins.
Wine Spectator - "Medium-weight, with a nice smoked mesquite edge to the braised fig, blackberry and coffee notes. Dark, but stays fresh through the smoldering finish. Drink now through 2010. 2,084 cases made. "
Bodega del Desierto Winery
Bodega del Desierto (Winery of the Desert) is located in the town of 25 de Mayo, province of La Pampa, on the western border of the desert route to Patagonia, Argentina. The 140 hectares of vineyard are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Malbec, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Viognier. The vines are irrigated by a dripping system which is fed from a 35 milllion liter reservoir on the property. The climate is dry, continental with moderate to cool temperatures, a thermal amplitude of 26 degrees celsius and annual precipitations of 220 mm. The vineyard is located at 340 meters above sea level and at 37”45’ south latitude, 67”05’ west longitude. View all Bodega del Desierto Wines
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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3 ratings, 3 with reviewsLinda A Bowman - Staten Island, NY16/16/2010This wine was very bitter, acidic. I did not taste all the other flavors listed in the ingredients. (juicy plum, chocolate, vanilla, sweet & velvety.11/25/2011This wine was rated highly and was supposed to be "light and smooth". Apparently, my taste buds are out of kink because this wine was so dry it sucked the spit out of my mouth. I felt like someone had stuck a vacuum hose down my throat after two glasses.44/24/2010Bought this several times, it's a steal at the half price they've been offering. Strong full bodied Malbec, a great find.
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.
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