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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
This is powerfully rendered, with dark fig, black tea, melted licorice and plum sauce notes
cascading over one another, while dense, loamy tannins provide support. Dense on the finish, but
with a long, supple texture that lets the fruit sail on. Best from 2010 through 2012.
"The 2006 Malbec Adrianna Vineyard received the identical elevage as the Nicasia cuvee. It has a racier personality with a silky palate feel, sweet flavors, and exceptional length. It, too, merits 6-8 years of cellaring and will present a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2026.
The Wine Advocate
"This is powerfully rendered, with dark fig, black tea, melted licorice and plum sauce notes cascading over one another, while dense, loamy tannins provide support. Superdense on the finish, but with a long, supple texture that lets the fruit sail on. Best from 2010 through 2012."
"At 4,600 feet, Adrianna is one of the highest vineyards in the Uco Valley. In 2006, it produced this intensely fresh and powerful malbec. Packed with the flavor and crunch of just-picked cherries, it moves across the palate with the tense, muscular force of its tannins. The structure manages to integrate with the fresh, fruity flavors, a true Andean breeze, filling the mouth with spice"
Wine & Spirits
"Deep ruby-red. Captivating nose combines dark berries, mocha and smoky minerality, all lifted by a violet topnote. Very rich but classically dry, with outstanding intensity and depth of dark fruit flavor. There's no easy sweetness or flesh to this serious wine, which seems set for a decade or more of positive evolution in bottle. Vintage 2006 was a very warm year, but both this and the Nicosia Vineyard are in cool spots, and the Adrianna is situated at an altitude of 4,800 feet. According to Nicolas Catena, sunlight intensity at high altitude decreases tropical fruit aromas in white wines and also "kills" pyrazine aromas (e.g., green pepper) in cabernet.
International Wine Cellar
Bodega Catena Zapata is one of Argentina's high altitude Malbec pioneers. The Catena family began making wine in Mendoza in 1902. Nicolas Catena, third generation family vintner, was one of the first to see the potential of Mendoza's mountain vineyards for producing high quality Malbec. In 1994, he became the first Argentine to exprot a world-class bottling of Malbec under the...Read More About Catena
(ahr-jen-TEE-nah) Now fifth in the world for wine production, Argentina is catching up in the quality wine sector. A long time wine producer, Argentina used to make wine in order to drink it, not export it. And so the wines produced were quaffable and rustic and made for the local's everyday dinner. Yet it's hard not to get caught up in the wine market of the world and some...Read More About Argentina
Angel of Argentina
Originally a common grape in Bordeaux,
Malbec adds only a small percentage to the blends there. It has, however, found another region in which to flourish -the bourgeoning wine region of
In fact, Argentinians have adopted Malbec as their national grape!
Malbec is used in small amounts in...Read More About Malbec
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