Yacochuya Coquena Malbec 2009
Malbec from Argentina
Notes of ripe plum, spice and and light toasty oak. The body is medium with good structure and a long finish.
Coquena Malbec is sourced from high altitude Malbec vines (5400 ft) coming from the Tolombon Estate, just 7 miles south of Cafayate. This was the last estate acquired by the Etchart family in Cafayate.
The grapes are 100% hand-harvested and sorted. The yields are dramatically limited by the extreme conditions. The wine has just a light touch through oak casks previously used for Yacochuya.
The wines are bottled with minimum fining and filtration.
Only 1600 cs made.
The Wine Advocate - "Good Malbec is grown in the north too; roasted character, dense black fruits, drink now – 8 years. "
Michel Rolland was first brought to Argentina and Cafayete by Arnaldo Etchart in 1988. Seduced by the remarkable potential of an old 16 acre plot that at the time was the highest elevation known vineyard site on earth (6,700 feet), Michel and Arnaldo created a partnership to make the wines of San Pedro de Yacochuya. Two red wines are made at this estate, their powerful/blockbuster Malbec, simply called “Yacochuya,” which is the winery flagship and one of the iconic wines of South America, and "San Pedro de Yacochuya,” which you can call their “second wine,” an elegant blend of 85% Malbec and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and one that Tim Atkin once described as “almost Rhône-like, with notes of black olive and lavender, some pepper spice.” View all Yacochuya Wines
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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