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Bodega Cuarto Dominio Chento Malbec 2011

Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
  • JS92
14.5% ABV
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  • WE91
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14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The 2011 Malbec begins with dark violet color in the glass. On the nose, there are black fruit, spices and violet aromas, followed by some mineral and graphite notes. Great concentration on the palate and very well balanced acidity along with soft, silky tannins, ripe plum and chocolate flavors and a persistent finish.

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James Suckling
This is shows intense rust, iron and dark fruit character with hints of walnuts. Full body, with velvety tannins and an a lightly salty character. Bright acidity. Lively with pretty density. Excellent value for the quality 10% cabernet franc with the malbec. Better in 2015.
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Bodega Cuarto Dominio

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Bodega Cuarto Dominio, Mendoza, Argentina
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Located in La Consulta, Uco Valley, Bodega Cuarto Dominio winery is owned and operated by fourth generation Mendoza producers. It all began more than a century ago, when the first generation traveled to Argentina from Europe with the hope of turning their winemaking dreams into reality in Mendoza. Passion, conviction and determination helped this generation plant the first family vineyards in the East and Central Valleys shortly after their arrival in Mendoza. Over 110 years later, the legacy lives on and is thriving as the following generations of Mendoza producers have continued to cultivate and produce wines of distinction, quality and authenticity in the high elevation vineyards of the Uco Valley.

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, 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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