Leo by Valentin Bianchi Premium Malbec 2011
Malbec from Argentina, South America
Valentin Bianchi & Leo Messi have joined forces!
Leo Premium Malbec is dark red in color. It has luscious, intense fruit aromas of mature plums and cherries with intense spice that is enhanced by the oak. This palate is complex and robust. This wine is elegant with mature tannins that lead to a long and silky finish.
The Messi foundation helps children with social disadvantages to improve their quality in life through education, medical assistance and sports. Donations from each wine sale goes to their foundation.
Wine Enthusiast - "Roasted, savory, earthy berry ?aromas come with a spot of leafy green on this Malbec. The palate is saturated and a touch narrow in feel, while flavors of black cherry, cassis, baked blackberry and cured meat finish with creamy oak notes and a strong hint of bacon. Drink through 2018."
Leo by Valentin Bianchi Winery
Founded in 2007, Lionel Messi, with the support of his family, created the Messi Foundation. The foundation was created with the idea that all children have the same opportunities for making their dreams come true. These are the basics that motivate Leo Messi Foundation. The Messi Foundation’s mission is to act in favor of kids and adolescents who are in a risk situation. The prospects are to work internationally, together with other institutions, to develop projects in alignment with the ideals of the Foundation. View all Leo by Valentin Bianchi 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 & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.