Bodega DiamAndes Gran Reserva 2008
Bordeaux Red Blends from Argentina, South America
This vintage has good concentration and is very well-balanced, despite lower than expected yields. The dark color shows a fine concentration of fruit, producing rich, elegant wines. This elegance is due to higher than usual temperature variations: the average and high temperatures were above the median, while the low temperatures were lower than usual. With little rain (60% less than the historical average for the area), 2008 was a wine grower's vintage, enabling, with good management, the expression of all the vineyard's elegance and the natural characteristics of its terroir.
75% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine Enthusiast - "Blackberry, blueberry and maple aromas announce a rich, ripe wine. There's also toast and char on the nose. In the mouth, this is layered and grabby, with mossy black-fruit flavors that end in a cool, earthy swirl of cola and licorice. This blend of 75% Malbec and 25% Syrah is a stunner and should be consumed now through 2016."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2008 Diamandes de Uco Gran Reserva is a blend of 85% Malbec and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in French oak for 20 months. A glass-coating opaque purple/black color, it offers up an impressive nose of mineral, earth notes, licorice, soy, espresso, black cherry, and black currant. Medium-bodied on the palate and surprisingly elegant, it reveals layered, spicy black fruit flavors, excellent concentration and volume, and enough structure to support several more years of cellaring. This lengthy offering will deliver peak drinking from 2013 to 2023.
International Wine Cellar - "Saturated bright ruby. Superripe aromas and flavors of cassis, blackberry, minerals and bitter chocolate lifted by a pure violet topnote. Dense, suave and vibrant, with terrific clarity thanks to its strong mineral underpinning. Firmly tannic but not dry. Shows sneaky palate-staining length, with dark berry, minerals and bitter chocolate notes leaving behind a captivating perfume. Even more impressive than the superb 2007, this beauty should age gracefully."
James Suckling - "A rich and juicy wine with lots of ripe fruit and vanilla character. Full body, soft tannins and a full-throttle finish. Lots going on and verging on being overdone, but it's exciting to taste. Drink or hold."
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Bodega DiamAndes Winery
The Bodega DiamAndes is a single estate nestled in the foothills of the Andes Mountain, at an altitude of 1,100 meters. The vineyard is located in the heart of the Uco valley, one of the best quality vineyard areas in. Bodega DiamAndes has gained international recognition across the world, and is increasingly appreciated for its excellent quality and value for money. The fabulous terroir and the ideal climate, combined with expertise and experience, has resulted in the outstandingly long-living wines. View all Bodega DiamAndes 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 & 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.