Argento Reserva Malbec 2009
Malbec from Argentina
This superb Malbec has a deep purple color and offers concentrated aromas of plums, black cherries and notes of violet. The jammy plum and red fruit flavors are rounded off perfectly by soft, supple tannins.
Wine Enthusiast - "Argento has found its calling with this wine, by far the best to date from this label. It’s deep and pure, with raisin, blackberry, spice and vanilla on the nose. Super solid and lush, with layered flavors of jammy berry, coffee and chocolate. Holds all its form on the finish; excellent vino for the dollar. Imported by Lion Nathan USA, Inc. Editors’ Choice. "
At Argento, they have always had a strong belief that blending fruit sourced from a variety of altitudes, soil profiles and microclimates creates more interesting wines with greater complexity and balance. The grapes come from vineyards throughout the main regions of Mendoza: the Uco Valley, the Central Region and the Eastern Region.
Within these three regions there are numerous sub-regions, such as Agrelo, Tupungato, Maipú, Luján de Cuyo and San Carlos where the climate, altitude and soil profile differ considerably. Argento makes the most of Mendoza's natural conditions and find the best balance between terroir, canopy management, and grape variety. They nurture their vines so they grow to be healthy and the grapes achieve perfect ripeness and they harvest at the exact moment when the balance between sugar, acids and polyphenols is right.
In the winery, the grapes are pressed with the greatest care and fermented at controlled temperatures to extract all the intense fruit characters. They protect the must from oxidation at all times to keep our wines as fresh as possible. In the blending process they combine grapes from up to 12 different vineyard sites, allowing them to craft the very best blend for each wine. Finally, they select only the best French and American oak to age our wines and develop the vanilla, tobacco and chocolate characters, bringing even further complexity to the blends of the final wines. View all Argento Wines
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 Review32.8 out of 5 stars
4 ratings, 3 with reviewsAnonymous - Seattle, WA32/4/2016
Had a different vintage, 2013 maybe. As another reviewer has noted, this is a very fruity malbec that reminded me of a jammy zinfandel. I wouldn't recommend it as a stand-alone but with food, it is worthy of four stars. It was simply amazing when paired with a Szechwan sauce in a mixed dish containing chicken, beef, and shrimp. Funny how some wines just shine with the right pairing, but are otherwise so-so. Typical malbec tartness. Strong dark berry taste. Not much oak. This one seemed more tannic than the average malbec, which added a little complexity; nothing to write home about, but it holds up nicely with spicy food.commonguywinedrinker - Braintree, MA210/14/2014Average. Nothing special. Tasted like fruit roll up at back of throat. Would buy again if it was on saleNo Moss - Seattle, WA39/28/2012DC Wine - Washington, DC39/2/2011Decent Malbec, on the fruiter side with a peppery aftertaste. Good value wine.
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