Belasco de Baquedano Swinto Malbec 2009
SWINTO is "Crow" in the language of the Huarpe Indians, the first inhabitants of the Mendoza river valley.
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The 2009 Swinto Malbec is also from the Alto Agrelo Valley but is aged for eighteen months in new French oak. It has a lifted, minty, cedar nose that is driven by the oak, with touches of chocolate developing with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with dry, toasty tannins and a solid core of toasty blackberry and orange rind on the finish that needs more length to justify the price tag.
Belasco de Baquedano is the Agrelo district of Lujan de Cuyo. The vineyards soar up to 3,346 feet, where the conditions are excellent to produce elegant yet powerful premium wines. Warm days are offset by cool nights with as much as a 45°F diurnal swing, which produces aroma and flavor, while holding acidity.
We have 222 acres of 100 year old Malbec from the original French clones and our viticultural methods are green, with irrigation fed by snow melt.
The wines are gravity driven table to tank, using délestage (submerged cap) tanks in fermenting red wine with skins and seeds for excellent fruit, soft tannins and deep color. Our wines are bottled unfiltered and unstabilized in the traditional artisan style to preserve subtle aromas and flavors, while promoting richness, body and color.
Most distinguished and celebrated from Argentina’s Mendoza, Malbec has seen runaway success since the early 2000s. Mendoza’s agreeable, continental climate with hot, dry summers and cold snowy winters allows the perfect conditions for growing outstanding Malbec. This grape is easy to like for its lusty, deep flavors and aromas of blackberry, plum, red cherry, autumn spice and tilled earth. It’s easy to find delicious, fruit-driven, affordable everyday examples and in prices beyond, quite exceptional ones with dense, supple textures that make them capable of aging.