Valle Las Nencias Family Selection Malbec 2010
Malbec from Argentina, South America
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.
The Wine Advocate - "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. "
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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 & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.