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Finca Perdriel Single Vineyard Selection Malbec 2006
Malbec from Argentina, South America
Deep red colors with violet hues. Rich and dense on the nose. Good structure, and complex. Graphite, spices, and black fruit that ends in a long and rich finish.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2006 Pedriel Vineyard Selection is a blend of 60% Malbec, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Merlot aged for 16 months in French oak. It has a very smooth, seductive bouquet of black cherries, cassis and violets that is pure and seamless. The palate is medium-bodied with sensual, rounded tannins. It is embroidered with crisp acidity and a harmonious black cherry, boysenberry and mineral-rich finish that handles the oak in its stride."
Wine Enthusiast - "Intense stuff, with foresty, forceful aromas of blackberry, black cherry, char, mineral and toast. The palate is quite thick and dense, with baked and spicy blackberry flavors offset by herbal notes. Concentrated and minty, with a bullish finish."
Finca Perdriel Winery
Finca Perdriel was born in Mendoza over one hundred years ago as the first farm of Bodega Norton. The soil layer is thinner than the region’s average resulting in lower water retention, which gives rise to more concentrated fruits. The wines are characterized by firm structure, intense color and flavor, and highly fit for storage. View all Finca Perdriel 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.
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