High Note Elevated Malbec 2008
Malbec from Argentina, South America
- red wine
- Big & Bold
- 13.8% abv
The velvety texture and deep flavor of the small juicy berries of High Note's Malbec grapes are distinctively influenced by the environment in which they are grown. Our Uco Valley vineyards, high in the Andes foothills of Mendoza, enjoy the perfect combination of elements for growing this unique varietal. Intense sunlight, cool temperatures and dry conditions allow for the fruit to slowly mature until handpicked for optimal flavor.
The result is High Note's brilliant violet color and with intense, sweet spice on the palate balanced by notes of plums, cassis, blackberries, and black cherries. It is creamy, smooth, and ripe in the mouth with soft, round tannins and a long silky finish.
A highly heralded match with grilled meats and vegetables. Complements rich smoky flavors as well as pasta dishes, spicy tomato sauces and roasted chicken.
High Note Winery
The grapes for High Note are sourced from four vineyards with sandy loam soils, ranging in elevation from 3,700 feet to 5,000 feet above sea level.
Vistaflores vineyard has flavors of spices, red fruits, and minerality. La Consulta vineyard adds black fruit and mid-palate weight, while Altamira vineyard's fruit has notes of violets. The Gualtallary vineyard, at the highest altitude, brings deep purple color, additional floral and black fruit notes balanced with acidity.
High Note's varietal blend is 83% Malbec, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. The Cabernet Sauvignon from the Gualtallary region balances the wine's tannic structure and gives a hint of spice in the nose. The Cabernet Franc from the Altamira region adds sweet spice notes, and the Petit Verdot provides aromas of red currants and berries.
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(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 winemakers decided it was time for Argentina to show their stuff. Better winemaking technology was brought in, new winemaking techniques were learned and good viticulture practices flourished. The result? World-class wines with unique style and variety.
Notable Facts Unlike 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.
About South America
Young, organically farmed Carmenère at Chile's De Martino estate vineyard Chile
are the regions producing the most wine coming out of the continent. The wines from this area are good value with a distinctive taste. They create new world wines with old world character.
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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.