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Ave Premium Malbec 2009

Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Winemaker Notes

    The color is a deep ruby-red with violet shades. The nose is slightly floral with hints of violets, plums, raspberries, vanilla and slightly-toasted coffee. In the mouth, the wine presents good structure with nice ripe and juicy tannins. It is a wonderfully balanced, medium-bodied wine.

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    Ave, Mendoza, Argentina
    Though the dynamic careers of Mario Pardini and Iacopo di Bugno transitioned many diverse disciplines including music, journalism, cinematography and economics there was always one inexorable constant: passion. Lured to Mendoza in 2004 the two young Tuscans were seduced by the sights, music, dance, food and intense fervor for life that pervades the Argentine culture. They were enraptured by the majestic mountains and the lush oasis of vineyards at the base of the Andes but what captivated them the most was what they affectionately referred to as Mendoza’s "eldest son": the Wine! Desiring to establish an avant-garde winery that celebrated their ancestry while optimizing the potential of Argentine viticulture they sought and acquired 40 hectares of prime vineyard in the prestigious region of Pedriel, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, counting among their neighbors some of the finest and most honored Argentine wineries. To complete the marriage of enological traditions they hired Tuscan winemaker Alberto Antonini to assist them in transforming their philosophies and passion into wines befitting the name "AVE," which translates as hail! and was the revered greeting the Romans offered to Caesar. As Italian wine makers in the new world Mario and Iacopo produce wines with depth and power yet still exhibit the structure and harmony reminiscent of the wines of their heritage. Of their "eldest son" they say "old age does not exist, only maturity."

    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.

    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. After being nearly wiped out by a devastating frost in 1956, it was never significantly replanted, although it continued to flourish under the name Côt in nearby Cahors. A French agronomist who saw great potential for the variety in Mendoza’s hot, high-altitude landscape, brought Malbec to Argentina in 1868. But it did not gain its current reputation as the country's national grape until a surge in popularity in the late 20th century.

    In the Glass

    Malbec typically expresses deep flavors of blackberry, plum and licorice, appropriately backed by aromas of freshly turned earth and dense, chewy tannins. In warmer, New World regions, such as Mendoza, Malbec will be intensely ripe, and full of fruit and spice. From its homeland in Cahors, its rusticity shines; dusty notes and a beguiling bouquet of violets balance rich, black fruit.

    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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