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Bodega Cuarto Dominio Chento Malbec 2012

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750ML / 14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The Chento 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.

Blend: 90% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Franc

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WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
This concentrated, midnight-black Malbec delivers the aromatic goods in the form of charcoal, grilled meat and blackberry scents. An extracted palate benefits from core acidity, while black cherry, cassis and blackberry flavors come to rest on a rich but controlled finish.
JS 91
James Suckling
Aromas of blueberry, spice and hints of nuts. Full body, with firm tannins and a fresh and bright finish. Racy young wine. Bright and fresh. About 10% cabernet franc.
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Bodega Cuarto Dominio, South America
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Cuarto Dominio is a small family winery born from two 4th generation families representing over 110 years in the art of viticulture and winemaking. The wines are a true expression of freshness and elegance from a 45 years old vineyard in La Consulta, Uco Valley. All of their wines have been awarded with 90 points or more from international wine press for the last 10 consecutive vintages. Additionally, featured by Wine Enthusiast (March 2017) as one of the top 5 most innovative wine projects of 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, 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.

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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 originated 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.

Tasting Notes for Malbec

Malbec is a dry, red wine that typically expresses deep flavors of blackberry, plum and licorice, backed by aromas of freshly turned earth and dense, chewy tannins. In warmer, New World regions, such as Mendoza, Malbec wine 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 Food Parings for Malbec

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 Secrets for Malbec

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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