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Bodegas Alma Negra M Blend 2012

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13.9% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Dark fruit on the nose leads to flavors of dried cherries and dark fruit with a hint of chocolate in this dense and structured wine. Lots of berryfruit and cherry in the mouth along with a touch of smoke. The finish lingers with dark ripe fruit, balanced acidity and a smooth mouthfeel.

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A real discovery for me, this Mendoza winery has turned out an absolutely sensational blend of Bonarda and Malbec to create the Alma Negra 2012 M Blend. Offering up loads of deep black cherry, strawberry and blackberry fruit, a hint of spring flowers, terrific texture, a medium-bodied mouthfeel and silky opulence, this is a gorgeous wine from vineyards at a 3,600-foot elevation. The Bonarda seems to give the wine an uplifted fruit quality and the Malbec a more serious density and richness. This is a big-time winner and also a great package, since Alma Negra means “Black Soul,” and the picture on the label is indeed sinister.
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Bodegas Alma Negra

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Bodegas Alma Negra, Mendoza, Argentina
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Through many business encounters in Argentina, Alex Bartholomaus and Ernesto Catena discovered they were kindred spirits when it comes to beauty and wine. They decided to collaborate on a wine that would symbolize many of the different thing in which they believe. Their approach to the task was to not solely focus on the wine, but to also reminisce about the past year. They talked about the weather, family, polo, great meals and travel. Before they knew it, many layers of beauty were united into one wine - Alma Negra. Alma Negra literally means "dark soul" and represents the depths of beauty in the shadows of our souls.

Bodegas Alma Negra is located in Mendoza, Argentina.

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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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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