Graffigna Centenario Reserve Malbec 2010
Malbec from Argentina, South America
Deep red with purple hues. Complex dark berry aromas highlighted with delicate black pepper and toasted notes. Well-integrated tannins, round velvety body and a long, persistent finish.
Pair with grilled seasoned beef, lamb, duck or regional Argentine dishes, such as empanadas, locro, carbonada, cheeses.
International Wine Cellar - "Good medium ruby. Classic malbec aromas of blackberry and licorice lifted by a violet topnote. Juicy and dry, with a firm acid/tannin spine giving shape and lift to the currant, plum and spicy oak flavors. The persistent finish shows a lightly saline quality and repeating spicy oak."
In th year 1870, Graffigna winery was founded by Italian immigrant Santiago Graffigna in San Juan, Argentina. After an earthquake devestated San Juan in 1944, the process of rebuilding and modernizing the winery began.
Today, Graffigna's wines are the proud result of the seamless combination of technical knowledge and expertise and 140 years of genuine passion for winemaking. From the vineyard to the glass, their prestigious technical team is devoted to creating wines of the highest quality that reflect their highly unique and privileged terroir. View all Graffigna Winery 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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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.