Finca 8 Malbec 2009
Malbec from Argentina, South America
Dark magenta reflections in the glass lead to aromas of black plum, chocolate-covered cherries and crushed stones. The palate is weighty, with blueberries, smoke and cedar notes supported by the fine, powdery texture of tannins.
The Wine Advocate - "Finca 8's 2009 Malbec was aged in stainless steel with controlled micro-oxygenation. It offers up an inviting nose of spice box, lavender, underbrush, and black cherry. Spicy and structured on the palate, this lengthy effort is densely fruity and rich. Give it 1-2 years to fully unwind and drink it through 2021.
Finca 8 Winery
Finca 8 is located in La Consulta, in the Valle de Uco region of Mendoza, Argentina. The property's 69 acres are set against the backdrop of the Andes mountains at 3,280 feet elevation with deep sandy loam soils layered with cobble.
The elegantly styled wine displays intense flavors of plums, black cherries, and cassis underlined with malbec’s classic violet flower aromas. Unsweetened cocoa powder and hints of cigar box reflect the subtle oak notes set on a palate wrapped in fine tannins.
By keeping the best blocks of Malbec fruit for Finca 8, and selling the rest to neighboring wineries, proprietor Hernán Fragueiro achieves his goal of producing less than 2,000 cases of a single varietal wine that offers unique style and flavors. View all Finca 8 Wines
About ArgentinaView a map of Argentina wineries (ahr-jen-TEE-nah)
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.