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Casarena Malbec 2010

Malbec from Argentina
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14.4% ABV
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14.4% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Intense color with purple notes, brilliant and attractive color. Nose with flower notes and fresh fruit. Sweet entrance in the mouth, great volume, freshness and persistency.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 88
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The unoaked 2010 Malbec is a supple, easygoing, spicy wine with plenty of black cherry and black raspberry fruit. With excellent volume and length, it is a very good value meant for drinking over the next 3-4 years.
WE 88
Wine Enthusiast
Much better than the 2009, this Malbec opens with menthol, leather and herb aromas along with notes of berries. It feels deep, with a medium body and sweet, friendly, flavors of blackberry, brown sugar and chocolate. The finish tastes slightly candied.
WS 87
Wine Spectator
A beefy red, with notes of meat, spice and smoke behind the kirsch and plum sauce fruit character. Hints of licorice and game fill the rich finish.
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Casarena

Casarena

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Casarena, Argentina
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Casarena vineyards is limited to produced concentrated grapes with an expression of their terroir. The fermentations are cool with extended macerations which add layers of flavors and complex aromas. Our Wine Making team is headed by Michel Rolland.

Our vineyards are located in Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina. This is an area where we find vineyards of great prestige, at 33º South latitude, with a continental climate and an annual rainfall average of 200/300 mm. In summer, the temperature difference between day and night is around 24º. All theses features gather together unbeatable height, climate and soil conditions to cultivate premium vineyards.

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With vineyards tretching along the eastern side of the Andes Mountains from Patagonia in the south to Salta in the north, Argentina is one of the world’s largest and most dynamic wine producing countries—and most important in South America.

Since the late 20th century vineyard investments, improved winery technology and a commitment to innovation have all contributed to the country’s burgeoning image as a producer of great wines at all price points. The climate here is diverse but generally continental and agreeable, with hot, dry summers and cold snowy winters—a positive, as snow melt from the Andes Mountains is used heavily to irrigate vineyards. Grapes very rarely have any difficulty achieving full ripeness.

Argentina’s famous Mendoza region, responsible for more than 70% of Argentina’s wine production, is further divided into several sub-regions, with Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley most noteworthy. Red wines dominate here, especially Malbec, the country’s star variety, while Chardonnay is the most successful white.

The province of San Juan is best known for blends of Bonarda and Syrah. Torrontés is a specialty of the La Rioja and Salta regions, the latter of which is also responsible for excellent Malbecs grown at very high elevation.

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. 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.

In the Glass

Malbec typically expresses deep flavors of blackberry, plum and licorice, appropriately backed by aromas of freshly turned earth and dense, chewy tannins. In warmer, New World regions, such as Mendoza, Malbec 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 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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