Melipal Malbec 2009
Malbec from Argentina, South America
Ripe and beautiful with plum, strawberry and coffee, it is full bodied and juicy with soft tannins. An absolutely perfect Malbec from Mendoza.
Wine Spectator - "A forward red, with moderate tannins framing the wild berry notes that pick up hints of tar and smoke on the grippy finish. Drink now. 5,500 cases made."
Melipal, a family owned and run winery, is located 20 minutes from Mendoza in the exclusive area of Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina, at 958 meteres above sea level. Surrounded by willow trees, small canals and vineyards with a magnificent view of the Andes mountain range.
This state of 25 hectares out of its 51 date from 1900 and they turn this estate into a unique viticultural heritage. They are planted with Malbec and the area is watered by the traditional system of furrow irrigation. View all Melipal 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.