Valentin Bianchi Malbec 2010

Malbec from Argentina, South America

Item No. 117637
  • red wine
  • RP88
  • ST88
  • WS87
Style: Smooth & Supple

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.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.9%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most 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%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1997
  • WS87
  • ST86
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Winemaker's Notes

A deep purple-red color, Valentin Bianchi's Malbec boasts a nose filled with ripe plums, cherries, hints of vanilla and coffee. The flavors mimic the aromas, with a massive, yet soft and silky, mouthfeel, and a lush, long finish. It is the perfect expression of the highly-praised Malbec grape.

This wine is ideal to serve with a large variety of foods, especially with meat and hard cheeses.

Critical Acclaim

"The 2010 Valentin Bianchi Malbec exhibits a deeper color and more depth and concentration than the Elsa cuvee. Notions of cedar, spice box, lavender, damp earth, and cherry cola inform the nose of this firm, savory, nicely proportioned Malbec that offers very good value. Drink it over the next 3-4 years. "
88 Points

"Deep red-ruby. Aromas of crushed blackberry, black cherry and violet. Sweet and supple on entry, then nicely firm and lively in the middle, with well-integrated acidity and a floral element lifting the black fruit flavors. Finishes firmly tannic and long but a bit youthfully imploded: I'd give this a year or two in bottle to expand."
88 Points

"A pure version, offering a solid mix of blackberry and black cherry pulp notes, as light tannins frame the minerally finish."
87 Points

"Concentrated, dark and distinct, the bouquet expresses notes of cumin and flower. It's round, grabby and a bit gummy feeling, with oaky, dark flavors of blackberry, resin and spices. The finish tastes mildly woody, with espresso accents."
87 Points

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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...

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