Durigutti Familia Malbec 2004
Malbec from Argentina, South America
Héctor and Pablo Durigutti's top bottling is their "Familia" Malbec. This modern, concentrated release originates from two heirloom-quality vineyards in Maipú (Lunlunta) and San Carlos (La Consulta). In order to add complexity and depth, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah were blended into the cuvee in small amounts. Grapes were fermented with native yeasts and the wine was neither filtered, fined, or cold-stabilized.
Inky purple-colored, expressive perfume of cedar, tobacco, violets, lilacs, black cherry, and blackberry which leap from the glass. This is followed by a spicy, full-flavored, layered, structured palate. With terrific length and balance, this should cellar through 2025.
Wine Spectator - "A very dark, rich style, with braised fig, bittersweet cocoa, coffee, plum reduction and loam notes that are woven together as they rumble through the muscular finish. Malbec. Best from 2010 through 2013."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2004 Malbec Familia Reserva was sourced from two Mendoza vineyards, one 56 years old and the other 66 years of age. The wine was fermented with native yeasts and aged for 20 months in French oak. Inky purple-colored, it offers an expressive perfume of cedar, tobacco, violets, lilacs, black cherry, and blackberry which leaps from the glass. This is followed by a spicy, full-flavored, layered, structured wine with 6-8 years of aging potential, excellent balance, and a lengthy, pure finish. It should drink well through 2025."
Two brothers of diverse wine-making backgrounds come together in the elaboration of Durigutti wines. Pablo, who nourished the American new world concept, and Hector, enriched by the European tradition, joined their individual styles to create the maximum expression present in this play of concepts represented by the wines of Familia Durigutti. View all Durigutti 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%.
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