Alta Vista Estate Malbec 2018
The wine has ripe, red fruit aromas and spicy notes, with round, soft tannins and a lively mouthfeel.
This wine pairs well with grilled pork tenderloin, lamb and veal with fresh herbs
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The 2018 Estate Malbec, now with 100% of the grapes from Valle de Uco (Campo de los Andes), fermented in concrete vats, with half of the volume aged in lightly toasted used oak barrels for 12 months. It's varietal, juicy and grapey, with unnoticeable oak, round and lush, with ripe tannins and flavors. Approachable and easy to drink. A good value Malbec. 400,000 bottles produced.
By far the largest and best-known winemaking province in Argentina, Mendoza is responsible for over 70% of the country’s enological output. Set in the eastern foothills of the Andes Mountains, the climate is dry and continental, presenting relatively few challenges for viticulturists during the growing season. Mendoza, divided into several distinctive sub-regions, including Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley, is the source of some of the country’s finest wines.
For many wine lovers, Mendoza is practically synonymous with Malbec. Originally a Bordelaise variety brought to Argentina by the French in the mid-1800s, here it found success and renown that it never knew in its homeland where a finicky climate gives mixed results. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Pinot Noir are all widely planted here as well (and sometimes even blended with each other or Malbec). Mendoza's main white varieties include Chardonnay, Torrontés, Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.
Celebrated for its bold flavors and supple texture, Malbec has enjoyed runaway success in Argentina since the late 20th century. The grape originated in Bordeaux, France, where it historically contributed color and tannin to blends. A French agronomist, who saw great potential for the variety in Mendoza’s hot, high-altitude landscape, brought Malbec to Argentina in 1868. Somm Secret—If you’re trying to please a crowd, Malbec is generally a safe bet with its combination of dense fruit and soft tannins.