Fincas Don Martino Reserva Malbec 2008
Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
The color is deep purplish red, with a nose of red fruits such as plums, blackberries, hints of vanilla, coffee and chocolate. The palate is intense, with good volume and prolonged persistence. The excellent balance of oak and the characteristics of this variety make this wine is powerful, complex and meaty.
Great with grilled meats, pasta with red sauce and red meats.
Wine Enthusiast - "Blackberry and rubber aromas are friendly and forward, with spice added in for good measure. Feels full, lush and cushioned, with integrated tannins, good acidity and bright red berry flavors dusted by herbs and spice. Finishes smooth and true. A winning wine from a difficult vintage."
Fincas Don Martino Winery
Fincas Don Martino is a creation of famed agronomist Mauricio Parodi and Buenos Aires Businessman Hugo Martino. The project began in 2002 when Parodi fell in love with the quality of fruit from "Viña Violeta", a small 18.5 acre vineyard in Agrelo, a sub-district within the Luján de Cuyo appellation of Mendoza. The vines, planted in 1926, are ungrafted Malbec clones originally brought to Argentina from France. The vineyard's high elevation (3,850 feet) allows the grapes to develop tremendous complexity via an extended growing season and large daily temperature fluctuations.
In addition to the two Malbec wines they produce out of the "Vina Violeta" site, the winery has recently begun producing small quantities of old vine Semillon from a heritage vineyard in Perdriel. As production is limited by the small size of these two vineyards, each of these wines have become "cult" items in their native Mendoza. All are produced organically and bottled unfined and unfiltered. View all Fincas Don Martino 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 Review44.2 out of 5 stars
4 ratings, 3 with reviewsMatthew - Pittsburgh, PA15/20/2017512/11/2012Lots of flavor, boldwinestopsmewhining - Brooklyn, NY59/24/2012
Very nice, smooth finish. Delicious. Would definately buy again. Lovely.kinabinet - College Park, MD39/8/2012I love Malbec but this one was a little drier than I prefer.ftbldan - Lancaster, OH49/5/2012
- Smooth & Supple