Enrique Foster Reserva Malbec 2006
Malbec from Argentina, South America
Estate grown and bottled 100% Malbec made of selected grapes from old vines. This is a huge wine, deep red violet with dark fruit aromas, firm structure, full-bodied, long finish. Excellent with rich spiced dishes, strong cheeses, roast or grilled meats, tuna, salmon and chocolate.
The 2003 vintage received "Year's Best Argentine Malbec" by Wine & Spirits Magazine.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2006 Reserva Malbec is a blend of two vineyards, 53 years and 90 years old respectively. It, too, spent 12 months in 40% new French oak. Purple-colored, it displays an expressive perfume of balsam wood, leather, underbrush, spice box, and black cherry. Smooth-textured and suave on the palate, it has loads of savory black fruit and spice notes, excellent concentration, and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. Cellar it for 2-3 years and drink it from 2011 to 2021. "
Enrique Foster Winery
Presently Bodega Enrique Foster possesses two vineyards located in the Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina. The vineyards sit at an elevation of 3,000 feet above sea level on the eastern flank of the Andes, with hot days, cold nights and little rain.
The construction of the cellars began by digging out a huge crater of more than 6000 cubic meters to create cellars which will accommodate up to 2000 barrels. The cellars were then totally buried under tons of earth and highly-insulating pumice stone to assure a constant temperature and humidity ideal for the ageing of our Malbec without the use of air conditioning. View all Enrique Foster 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%.
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- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
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- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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