Huarpe Lancatay Malbec 2009
Malbec from Argentina, South America
Huarpe's vineyards located in Barrancas, Maipú, Mendoza. Altitude 780 meters over see level. Manual selection in the second week of April.
Intense ruby with violet tones
Wild cherries with a hint of spice and vanilla aroma
Round, full-bodied flavor, with balanced acidity and good tannis. Pair with meat, pasta and strong cheeses. Drink at 64 degrees.
The Wine Advocate - "Slightly roasted aromas, spicy, some complexity; good depth, succulent, long, drink now – 6 years."
We chose the name Huarpe in honor of the peaceful native inhabitants of Mendoza. It is a recent undertaking but has a long history, a history that begins many years before we were born and which is the continuation of the work of several generations in one of the world’s most privileged wine growing regions. This is the 100-year tradition of one of the most important wine families in Mendoza, the Toso family. Proud of our inheritance, and passionate about the unique characteristics of our terroir, we decided to share this 100-year old passion with the rest of the world. View all Huarpe 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%.
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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