Salentein Reserve Malbec 2008
Malbec from Argentina, South America
The color is bright violet color with shades of ebony. The bouquet is of ripe plums, cherries and spice are complemented by a hint of tobacco. The taste is ripe red berries, balanced acidity and sweet tannins leading to a deliciously long finish. Well-matched with barbecued meats, robust pasta entrées and sharp cheeses.
The Wine Advocate - "Deep color, slightly reticent aromatics, dense and layered on the palate, excellent length."
Wine Enthusiast - "Earthy and rugged at first, then it smooths out to show cola and lush berry aromas. Plump and round in the mouth with jammy blackberry core flavors, a hint of herbs and spice, and then a chewy, sticky, generous finish. Very nice Malbec with a cool identity. "
International Wine Cellar - "Good ruby-red. Slightly reduced aromas of berries, smoke, tobacco and violet. Juicy on entry, then pliant in the middle, with good sweetness to the dark berry and black plum flavors. Serious tannins are supported by the wine's density of texture. Lacks only treble notes today, or is that just due to the reduction? Give this some aeration if you plan to serve it soon."
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Bodegas Salentein Winery
These Estate wines come from the vineyards at La Pampa Estate, El Portillo Estate and San Pablo Estate, in the Upper Valley of the Uco, part of the Tupungato district, 120km south of Mendoza, nestling beneath the Andes. The vineyards are planted at between 1050 and 1500 metres above sea level in ideal micro climates, which produce perfect ripening conditions for the grapes. View all Bodegas Salentein Wines
About ArgentinaView a map of Argentina wineries (ahr-jen-TEE-nah)
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.