Vinas de Lujan Las Loicas Reserva Malbec 2007
Malbec from Argentina, South America
Ruby red with a purplish touch. On the nose, it presents fresh red fruits aromas, prune, raspberry, vanilla great varietal expression. Chocolate, dulce de leche. Great structure and volume in the mouth, great persistence, fleshy and juicy tannins, good acidity, well balanced between wood and variety. Spicy and mineral.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 Las Loicas Reserva Malbec was also produced with organically grown grapes and received the same elevage as the Cabernet. Medium purple in color, it displays an enticing nose of cedar, cinnamon, lavender, incense, and black cherry. This is followed by a medium-bodied, elegantly styled Malbec with a velvety texture, spicy fruit, lively acidity, and a lengthy finish."
Vinas de Lujan Las Loicas Winery
The vineyards are located in the foothills of the Andes Mountain Range, in Alto Ugarteche, Lujan de Cuyo. This area combines excellent soils, great thermal amplitude, scarce rainfall, perfect sunlight and makes this wine growing area an ideal place for the growth of fine grapes and the production of excellent wines. View all Vinas de Lujan Las Loicas 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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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 & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.