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Ampeleia 2004

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Winemaker Notes

50% Cabernet Franc, 20% Sangiovese, 5 other varieties of Mediterranean heritage

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Offers wonderful aromas of ripe plum, berry and cherry, with a hint of licorice. Full, round and velvety, with a long lovely finish. Very pretty indeed. A new wine from Elisabetta Foradori of Trentino. Best after 2009.

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Ampeleia

Ampeleia

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Ampeleia, , Italy
Ampeleia
Ampeleia began as a wine and not an estate, or even better the idea of a wine, elegant and smooth, as silk. The product of three friends, Elisabetta Foradori, Giovanni Podini and Thomas Widmann, Ampeleia simultaneously reflects their different origins and professions and their shared acute sensitivity for nature and culture. By acquiring an estate in southern Toscana in 2002, three friends transformed their dream into reality and from ancient greek ?ampelos? as grape came the name Ampeleia. The estate has been consciously structured through the acquisition of various parcels, some which are quite far from each other, with the precise aim of creating a vast array of altitude levels, terroirs and microclimates. Today, the estate consists of nearly 50 hectares that reflect the rich diversity that defines both the geography of the Maremma and the philosophy of Ampeleia.

By far the largest and best-known winemaking province in Argentina...

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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 is divided into several distinctive sub-regions, including Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley—two sources 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 it never could have achieved in its homeland due to its struggle to ripen fully in finicky climates. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, and Pinot Noir are all widely planted here as well (and often blended with one another. The best white wines are made from Chardonnay, and there are excellent examples to be found as well from Torrontés, Sauvignon Blanc, and Sémillon.

Known for its big, bold flavors and supple texture...

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Known for its big, bold flavors and supple texture, Malbec is most famous for its runaway success in Argentina. However, the variety actually originates in Bordeaux, where it historically contributed color and tannin to blends but was susceptible to viticultural problems. After being nearly wiped out by a devastating frost in 1956, it was never significantly replanted, although it did flourish under the name Côt in nearby Cahors. Malbec was brought to Argentina in 1868 by a French agronomist who saw great potential for the variety in Mendoza’s hot, high-altitude landscape, but did not gain its current reputation as the national grape of Argentina until a surge in popularity in the late 20th century thanks to its easy-going drinkability.

In the Glass

Malbec typically expresses deep flavors of freshly turned earth, black fruits from berries to plums, and licorice, appropriately backed by dense, chewy tannins. In warmer, New World regions, such as Mendoza, it can be quite intense and often needs time to mellow before becoming drinkable. In the Old World, its rusticity shines, with aged examples showing dusty notes of leather and tobacco. The best examples in all regions often possess a beguiling bouquet of violets.

Perfect Parings

Malbec’s rustic character begs for flavorful dishes, like spicy grilled sausages or the classic cassoulet of France’s Southwest. South American iterations are best enjoyed as they would be in Argentina: with a thick, juicy steak.

Sommelier Secret

If you’re trying to please a crowd, Malbec is generally a safe bet. With its combination of bold flavors and soft tannins, it will appeal to basically anyone who enjoys red wine. Malbec also wins bonus points for affordability, as even the most inexpensive examples are often quite good.

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