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Date Printed: 4/24/2014
Valentin Bianchi Elsa Malbec 2003
Valentin Bianchi Elsa Malbec 2003
(search item no. 77898)

PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $7.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The grapes come primarily from Valentin Bianchi's Doña Elsa Estate situated in Rama Caíida, San Rafael, Mendoza, around 2,493 feet above sea level. One of the coolest areas in San Rafael, the soil in Rama Caída is of sandy calcareous composition and alluvial origins. Picked by hand, the grapes are crushed, fermented at controlled temperatures in stainless steel tanks. There is minimal oak aging(no more than six months)in an effort to keep fruit fresh, lively and prominent.

The classic Malbec aromas of ripe plum and violets are evident in the nose, with hints of vanilla. The beauty of the Malbec in Argentina is its ability to combine a rich, weighty mouth feel with a soft silkiness normally associated with lighter wines. Elsa Malbec takes the promise of the nose through the palate, with pleasing fruit that mimics the aroma. The soft, supple palate leads to a lingering finish. 100% Malbec

Elsa Malbec is the perfect accompaniment to a wide range of foods, such as pasta, flavorful fish, pork and beef.

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About Valentin Bianchi:

Bodega Valentin Bianchi is one of the oldest and most important wineries in South America. It is a symbol of tradition, nobility and quality in Argentine wines. Started in 1928 by Don Valentin Bianchi, they have won world attention and acclaim since 1934 starting with the "Maximum Quality" honor in Mendoza. On August 12, 1968, Don Valentin Bianchi passed away. However, the tradition that he firmly established continues to live on in his successors.

Today, Valentin Eduardo Bianchi and Ricardo Stradella Bianchi have brought the winery into the modern era. Valentin is the President of the winery while Ricardo is the Chief Financial Officer. Recently, they enlisted the aid of California winemaker, Robert Pepi. He has helped them refine some of their techniques and the new wines show the style that this new breed of management exemplifies. Pepi believes that Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon are the future of this winery.