Bodega Lurton Malbec Piedra Negra 2007
Malbec from Argentina, South America
Piedra Negra owes its name to the black stone soils of the Andean foothills, where the vineyard is located. The grapes come from the Chacayes vineyard in Vista Flores, set at an altitude of over 1000m. It is the perfect expression of Malbec, typically Argentinean, full of elegance and refinement.
In order to temper the natural vigor of the Malbec variety, short pruning is carried out at the end of winter, followed by green harvesting during the summer to improve the concentration and maturity of the remaining grapes. After hand harvesting, the clusters and grapes are sorted on a vibrating table. The grapes are given a cold maceration for three days. Fermentation was conducted with indigenous yeasts at a controlled temperature in concrete vats, and the wine received a post-fermentary maceration for two weeks. The wine was the racked into new French oak barrels and aged for 18 months.
The Wine Advocate - "Lurton's 2007 Piedra Negra Malbec was sourced from a single vineyard in Vista Flores. It was fermented with native yeasts and aged for 18 months in first use French oak. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it delivers an expressive bouquet of toasty oak, pencil lead, lavender, exotic spices, incense, plum, blueberry, and black cherry confiture. Medium- to full-bodied, dense, and richly fruity, this plush offering will be at its best from 2013 to 2022."
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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.