Piattelli Premium Malbec 2010
Malbec from Argentina, South America
The color and flavors in this wine remind you of fresh, sweet purple plums – velvety layers of flavor are full and lasting-typical of an Argentine Malbec.
Any red meat, especially cooked outdoors, is a perfect partner.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2010 Premium Malbec undergoes 10% bleeding of vats, with malo in tank and then aged in barrel for between eight and nine months in second and third fill oak. It has a light bouquet of leafy black fruit that demands coaxing from the glass. It is very tight at the moment, reluctantly offering hints of forest floor and cedar with time. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy, succulent tannins. It has crisp acidity and an appealing fleshy texture, although the finish is rather conservative and does not really -let go.-"
International Wine Cellar - "Medium red-ruby. Aromatic nose offers blackberry, violet, spicy oak and a suggestion of stony minerality. Supple and fine-grained, with bright acidity framing the currant and blackberry fruit and accentuating the peppery herb and spice notes. Finishes a bit green but the tannins are even and sweet. This still needs a year or two to unwind."
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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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