Valle Las Nencias Family Selection Malbec 2010

Malbec from Argentina, South America

Item No. 129528
  • red wine
  • RP90
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

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%.

Winemaker's Notes

The "Family Selection" is a nod to the long family history behind the Giol clan. A scant 3,000 bottles were made, and it is from the same family-owned 16 year-old vineyard in La Consulta, Valle de Uco, at 3,500 feet above sea level, planted at a density of 1,550 plants per acre, and 100% sustainably farmed. The same manual harvest and then double sorting by hand take place, and the wine undergoes 30 days of maceration followed by spontaneous malolactic fermentationin oak barrels. Only wild yeasts are used, and it is unfiltered and unfined,then aged for 16-18 months in new French oak barrels. Its color is a gorgeous dark purple, and it sends out lovely aromas of dried violets, blackberries,vanilla and spicy, smoky notes. On the palate it is a more concentrated,intense version of the Malbec Reserva, echoing its blackberry, violet and plum flavors but with a voluminous sophistication from the new French oak.

Critical Acclaim

"From vines located in La Consulta in the Uco Valley, the 2010 Valle de Nencias Family Selection Malbec has a shamelessly decadent bouquet of luscious red cherries, kirsch and peppermint that you cannot help but adore. The palate is soft and rounded with plush tannins. It could have been cloying, but instead there is a satisfying thread of acidity and a caressing, oaky finish with smoke and hickory. For this style of wine, it is thoughtfully crafted and comes recommended. Drink now-2017. "
90 Points

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