Bodega Noemia de Patagonia J. Alberto Malbec 2016
These 4 hectares of vines were planted in 1955, the plants are massal selection ungrafted rootstock; they are not at all clonal and each one is genetically different from the others. The vineyard is 95% Malbec interplanted with 5% Merlot. It is irrigated up to 4 times a year using a traditional flooding method, with naturally very pure water from the Rio Negro, which is the life of our valley. The vineyard has not been treated at all, no sprays, no sulphites; it is certified organic and cultivated using biodynamic practices.
This wine is a deep violet color, with a bouquet of intense blackberry, black raspberry, and boysenberry. The tannins are long on the palate; with balanced vibrant acidity and a finish of graphite notes.
Alberto goes very well with white meats and game, but is versatile enough even to work well with fish.
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One of the most southerly regions on the globe for fine wine production, Patagonia has experienced extraordinary vineyard expansion since the early 2000s.
Patagonia vineyards occupy the lower foothills of the Andes at 1,000 to 1,600 feet. Here cold air drops at night from incredibly steep elevations—the Andes reach well over 15,000 feet in this zone—a phenomenon that produces drastic diurnal shifts. Cold nights contrasted with hot summer days produce grapes with striking color, full ripeness, great finesse and aromatic intensity.
Favored for its luxury brands, the Patagonia wine growing region of Argentina focuses on a diverse array of international varieties: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillón and Viognier among the white grapes, and Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon for reds.
Celebrated for its bold flavors and supple texture, Malbec has enjoyed runaway success in Argentina since the late 20th century. The grape originated in Bordeaux, France, where it historically contributed color and tannin to blends. A French agronomist, who saw great potential for the variety in Mendoza’s hot, high-altitude landscape, brought Malbec to Argentina in 1868. Somm Secret—If you’re trying to please a crowd, Malbec is generally a safe bet with its combination of dense fruit and soft tannins.