Bodegas Nieto Senetiner Cadus Malbec 2005
Malbec from Argentina, South America
Made from 100% Malbec from the Agrelo vineyard harvested in April. The wine is fermented in French oak barrels for two years, with an additional year in bottle prior to release.
This Malbec shows awesome purity, with layers of raspberry, blackberry and fig compote with notes of plum sauce, mocha, graphite and violets. The velvety texture and fresh acidity displays an exotic combination of flavors. This Malbec leaves a long, detailed finish and a remarkably elegant impression.
Wine & Spirits - "From a 30 year-old vineyard in Lujan de Cuyo, this is a broad and enveloping malbec. The fresh scents of violets and cherries are shaded with sweeter, warmer tones of coffee and cinnamon. The tannins and acidity lend the wine tension. Cellar it for three or four years."
Wine Spectator - "The 2005 Cadus Malbec, sourced from a single vineyard of the same name, spent 24 months in French oak and 2 years in bottle prior to release. Opaque purple-colored, it has an enticing nose of toasty oak, spice box, violets, black cherry, and plum. Sweetly-fruited, savory, and layered, it has enough fine-grained tannin to evolve for 2-3 years and will drink well through 2017."
Bodegas Nieto Senetiner Winery
The history of Bodegas Nieto Senetiner dates back to 1888, when Italian immigrants founded the winery and planted the first vineyards in Vistalba, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza. The company was managed by different families during the first decades of the past century. These families gave the winery an architectural style of the Italian countryside that still remains today.
Nieto Senetiner is one of the oldest wineries in Mendoza’s esteemed Lujan de Cuyo, with estate vineyards in the districts of Vistalba & Agrelo, located at 3,000 – 3,500’ elevation. These areas are some of the oldest and most traditional winemaking regions of Mendoza and were the birthplace of the Malbec quality revolution. Nieto Senetiner's wines, including its signature Nieto Malbec, are expressed via the tradition and vision of its three unique estate vineyard sites, each with distinct characteristics. The soft, supple texture of Vistalba, which is over 100 years old and one of the great heritage vineyards in Argentina, the power and elegance of Agrelo, featuring a unique cool climate Bonarda plantation and the unique concentration and structure of extreme high altitude Alto Agrelo.
In addition to showcasing the particular characteristics of each terroir, Nieto also engages in a creative blending process to to showcase the complexity to which Malbec can aspire. View all Bodegas Nieto Senetiner 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%.
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