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Bodega Sottano Reserva Malbec 2011
Malbec from Argentina, South America
Excellent color, fine varietal expression, of a wide complexity of red and black fruits, spices such as white pepper and clove in nose. Sound structure and ripe tannins, well integrated to the wood. Long and persistent.
International Wine Cellar - "Full medium ruby. Sexy aromas of black raspberry, cherry, mocha and licorice, lifted by a violet topnote. Sweet, pliant and densely packed, showing a hint of smoky reduction but also excellent vinosity. More serious than the Clasico but also more oaky today and in need of a year or two of patience."
Bodega Sottano Winery
The Bodega Sottano winery venture produces only high quality wines. They combine valuable resourses to satisfy discerning palates, sophisticated experts, who enjoy of a genuine and thousand-year old beverage, but more contemporary than never. View all Bodega Sottano 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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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.