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Buscado Vivo o Muerto La Verdad Gualtallary 2015

Bordeaux Red Blends from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Gualtallary is located in the northern Uco Valley, in the county of Tupungato, at an altitude of 5,000’ elevation. It is the last vineyard district before the Andean foothills.

A floral expression that accompanies the fresh red fruit. Lively acidity and a mineral finish.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of two wines from Gualtallary, the 2015 La Verdad Gualtallary is a co-fermentation of Malbec and Cabernet Franc from a 25-year-old vineyard at some 1,500 meters in altitude, which usually produces very fresh wines. The whole range is produced and aged in a very similar way to highlight the differences provided by the different places. My favorite of the 2015 collection, it has great freshness, super fine tannins and great minerality. This comes from cold soils that produce serious wines.
JS 94
James Suckling
Aromas of blueberries, blackberries and black truffles follow through to a full body. Has a tight and chewy structure and a fresh, lively finish. Hot stone undertones, too. Drink in 2020 but already excellent.
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Uco Valley

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With a winning combination of cool weather, high elevation and well-draining alluvial soils, it is no surprise that Mendoza’s Uco Valley is one of the most exciting up-and-coming wine regions in Argentina. Healthy, easy-to-manage vines produce low yields of high-quality fruit, which in turn create flavorful, full-bodied wines with generous acidity.

This is the source of some of the best Malbec in Mendoza, which can range from value-priced to ultra-premium. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay also perform well here.

Bordeaux Blends

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde River, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

In the Glass

Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux lean towards a highly structured and earthy style whereas New World areas (as in the ones named above) tend to produce bold and fruit-forward blends. Either way, Bordeaux red blends generally have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

Perfect Pairings

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secret

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties in specified percentages, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include equal amounts of Cabernet Franc and Malbec, for example. Occassionally a winemaker might add a small percentage of a non-Bordeaux variety, such as Syrah or Petite Sirah for a desired result.

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