Melipal Malbec 2006
Malbec from Argentina, South America
Melipal (the Aristi Family) owns three separate vineyards situated in Agrelo, Mendoza, Argentina. With total acreage of 188 including 90 year old Malbec. The winemaker is Martin Tosolini, who best understands the potential of Melipal's Malbec grapes. The experience and knowledge of this enologist together with the most precise tending of the vineyards give the character and personality to the wines.
85% Malbec, 10% Cab. Sauv., 3% Cab. Franc, 2% Merlot
Big extraction with nose of plums, violets, and ripe fruits. Powerful and intense classic Malbec black fruit, sweet, round, and persistent tannins.
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com - "Deep, dense inky-purple hue. Pretty scents of blueberry, maple and vanillin-laced oak notes. Smooth, clean entry of balanced raspberry that expands to include tobacco and light mineral accents. Well-structured, drying close imbued with cola, blackberry and oak-infused tannins. An exceptional value from 85-year-old vines."
Melipal, a family owned and run winery, is located 20 minutes from Mendoza in the exclusive area of Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina, at 958 meteres above sea level. Surrounded by willow trees, small canals and vineyards with a magnificent view of the Andes mountain range.
This state of 25 hectares out of its 51 date from 1900 and they turn this estate into a unique viticultural heritage. They are planted with Malbec and the area is watered by the traditional system of furrow irrigation. View all Melipal 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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8 ratings, 8 with reviewsSho Morimoto - Washington, DC49/8/2009This mellow and supple Malbec is not too sweet and tastes slightly of citrus. It would pair extremely well with grilled fish and other seafood that has solid, but not overpowering, flavor.412/11/2009A bit of a bite, but packed with flavor. Excellent color and aroma.Charles Justice - Easley, SC32/7/2010The Wine News 95 score is a significant over-rating of this wine. Strong impression of alcohol, but with a muddiness which undermined the fruit. Did not detect the touted hints of coffee or stawberries. Just mediocre.dgris - Portland, OR41/2/2010Lt. ruby color with an oaky, plum nose. Dry raspberry and tart cherry. Long tannic, light oah finish. A very pleasant wine with food.Bret Lansdell - Reston, VA412/16/2009Fantastic aroma and color. Full, bold taste that fills your mouth with sensations, then is sucked dry by a smooth finish. Great bold red, but would reserve for a big steak or other hearty red meat. I think it would overpower anything less. 14% ALC maybe a bit overboard, but it is balanced well enough. Well worth the price. Go for it.Ell - New York, NY410/11/2009i would buy this wine again410/26/2009A nice wine. Mellow with a smooth finish.Cam Fortin - San Francisco, CA510/28/2009Love it, very smooth and great flavor.
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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Light & Fruity
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Smooth & Supple
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Earthy & Spicy
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Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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