Durigutti Malbec Clasico 2008
Malbec from Argentina
#74 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010
Their standard Malbec bottling, Durigutti's Malbec "Clásico" representswhat the brothers do best-combine elegance with a certain blue-collarrusticity. While this is in many ways due to the two differingbackgrounds the brothers bring to the table, it is also largely due to thefruit. High altitude fruit from La Consulta adds structure, depth, andpower, while bright fruit from Vistalba adds brightness and suppletexture.
Lush nose laced with black-berry and plum fruit. Soft yet focused on thepalate, with additional flavors of strawberry and wild herbs. Mediumtannins and balanced acidity. A terrific everyday drinker!
Wine Spectator - "A lush, toasty style, with lots of cocoa and roasted vanilla up front, followed by dark, well-layered fig, boysenberry and mulled currant fruit flavors. The long finish lets all the fruit hang nicely, with an underlying graphite hint supporting it all. Drink now through 2011."
The Wine Advocate - "Fragrant bouquet of Asian spices, floral notes, and black cherry, supple, sweet, some structure."
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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Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review33.1 out of 5 stars
3 ratings, 1 with reviewAbcd - Washington, DC33/17/2011Edward Andersen - Sterling, IL34/26/2011PW Texas - Fort Worth, TX23/4/2011First, you'll have to like a very sweet red wine to enjoy this offering. If I owned the vineyard, I would figure out a way to make a Port style fortified product using this as part of the base. That said, it has a certain appeal in the right setting. It would go well with a sweet, chocolate dessert.