Maipe Malbec 2008
Malbec from Argentina, South America
From 35 year old vines, this Malbec has a deep purple color with violet tints, complex plum, fig, strawberry, spices and floral aromas; rounded and velvety tannins, excellent length with a distinguished character. Excellent when paired with game, roasted red meats, pasta or pizza.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2008 Malbec is a glass-coating purple color with a striking perfume of violets, black cherry, and black raspberry. Exhibiting surprising complexity for its price category, the wine has gobs of fruit, savory flavors, and excellent depth and length. It is an outstanding value for drinking over the next 3-4 years."
Produced in the Luján de Cuyo subregion of Mendoza by the Pelizzatti family, Maipe wines are an expression of the deep rich soils and a commitment to excellence by the young winemaker, Liliana Iannizzotto, and consultant Alberto Antonini.
"Alberto Antonini (think Altos Las Hormigas) is a consultant at Maipe which in and of itself is an indicator that the winery is focused on quality." - Wine Advocate (Dec 08)
The wines are produced from grapes grown in Agrelo and Luján de Cuyo, in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, at an altitude of 3,000 feet above sea level. Agrelo is a cool climate region in Argentina’s premier grape growing area. Each bottle captures the expression of the grape variety, showing its adaptation to the local soils and climate. The vineyard is planted with 18 hectares of Malbec and 32 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon. The soils are deep and textured, which facilitates plant development and confers great body and structure to the wines. Classified among the best areas within the province of Mendoza, year-long sunny and dry conditions permit almost organic viticulture practices. Its outstanding feature is a great daily thermal amplitude, with mild days and cold nights that allow a particular richness of polyphenols that improve the wines’ flavors and color.
Maipe was the Lord of the Winds for the ancient Andean people. Argentineans still invoke his name to clear the skies after a heavy rain or to temper the summer heat. These wines, children of the Sun and the Winds, are produced from grapes grown at the foothills of the Andes Mountains at an altitude of 3,000 feet above sea level. The intense color and aromas capture the expression of the soils that gave them birth. View all Maipe 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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Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review3 }div>3.2 out of 5 stars
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13 ratings, 12 with reviews54/28/2009I had this last weekend and loved it. A very enjoyable complex but balanced taste on the palate, with a 15 sec finish. I went back to where I bought it to get more, and the owner of the store said he recently tried it and loved it! We are both surprised it's only $10Lara McKinney - Cedar Park, TX55/1/2009Had this earlier in the week and thought that it was a great wine, especially at this price point. Nice nose. Good, complex flavors that you usually don't see for a $10 bottle. Very drinkable.henry sotomayor - Chicago, IL18/11/2011Scott C - Daly City, CA49/10/2009The delicious Malbec is an incredible bargain for less than $10. Full bodied and jammy with a wonderful nose this is a wine that you can drink every day with most foods. We enjoyed with a delicious Peruvian meal and it was a winner!Handyman - Harrisburg, PA49/15/2009Very enjoyable, tasty Malbec. Rich fruit and nice balance. A great buy.39/30/2009This is an excellent wine for the price. In this instance, what that means is the wine has no objectionable after taste, has lots of good tannins and adequate fruit, but lacks the upfront fruit to be a wine worth sipping on its own. Great with pizza, burgers, steaks and even held up well with lamb.48/6/2009Deep color presaging layered deep fruits w/spicey overtones which save it from being cloying as many Malbecs at this price point are. Nice w2/ duck but equally good with parmesan dusted popcorn for an evening of light noshing and sipping.311/13/2009Very goodAlison Sesko - Woodinville, WA59/23/2009Very drinkable, good value for the price!Sho Morimoto - Washington, DC39/17/2009A little on the young side, Maipe Malbec 2008 has a medium body, floral scents, and a smooth palate with a fruity flavor and spicy finish. The powerful taste of dark fruits can be overwhelming unless paired with savory dishes.31/6/2010Good wineLee Tagai - Lexington, MO27/28/2009This wine was not very smooth.ac in the oc - Laguna Niguel, CA25/14/2009I hate to be the Simon Cowell of the group but I found this wine to have a tart cherry flavor that was not enjoyable. I would rate it max 85 points.
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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