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Durigutti Familia Malbec 2004

Malbec from Argentina
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  • RP91
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Winemaker Notes

Héctor and Pablo Durigutti's top bottling is their "Familia" Malbec. This modern, concentrated release originates from two heirloom-quality vineyards in Maipú (Lunlunta) and San Carlos (La Consulta). In order to add complexity and depth, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah were blended into the cuvee in small amounts. Grapes were fermented with native yeasts and the wine was neither filtered, fined, or cold-stabilized.

Inky purple-colored, expressive perfume of cedar, tobacco, violets, lilacs, black cherry, and blackberry which leap from the glass. This is followed by a spicy, full-flavored, layered, structured palate. With terrific length and balance, this should cellar through 2025.

Critical Acclaim

WS 92
Wine Spectator

A very dark, rich style, with braised fig, bittersweet cocoa, coffee, plum reduction and loam notes that are woven together as they rumble through the muscular finish. Malbec. Best from 2010 through 2013.

RP 91
The Wine Advocate

The 2004 Malbec Familia Reserva was sourced from two Mendoza vineyards, one 56 years old and the other 66 years of age. The wine was fermented with native yeasts and aged for 20 months in French oak. Inky purple-colored, it offers an expressive perfume of cedar, tobacco, violets, lilacs, black cherry, and blackberry which leaps from the glass. This is followed by a spicy, full-flavored, layered, structured wine with 6-8 years of aging potential, excellent balance, and a lengthy, pure finish. It should drink well through 2025.

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Durigutti, , South America
Two brothers of diverse wine-making backgrounds come together in the elaboration of Durigutti wines. Pablo, who nourished the American new world concept, and Hector, enriched by the European tradition, joined their individual styles to create the maximum expression present in this play of concepts represented by the wines of Familia Durigutti.

Central Coast

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The largest and perhaps most varied of California’s wine-growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of the state's wine. The sprawling district covers most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara from the coast inland nearly all the way to the Central Valley. Encompassing an extremely diverse array of climates, soil types, and wine styles, it contains many smaller sub-AVAs, including Monterey, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, and Santa Cruz Mountains.

Just about every major international grape variety is planted within this vast AVA, from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. A significant proportion of the region’s produce is generic, inexpensive bulk wine, but the Central Coast is also home to many small, artisanal wineries crafting unique, high-quality wines, as well as everything in between.


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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it’s grown and how it’s made. In Burgundy, Chardonnay produces some of the finest white wines in the world, typically tending towards minimal intervention in the winery and at its best resulting in remarkable longevity. This grape is popular throughout the world, but perhaps its second most important home is in California, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia, South America, South Africa, and New Zealand are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

In the Glass

When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay’s flavors tend towards grapefruit, green apple, minerals, and white stone fruit, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of fig, melon, and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice (as well as texture), while malolactic fermentation can impart soft, buttery acidity.

Perfect Pairings

Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with simple seafood, light chicken dishes, and salads. Richer Chardonnays marry well with cream or oil-based sauces.

Sommelier Secret

Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. These Old-World style wines have been dubbed the “New California Chardonnays,” and anyone who claims they do not like Chardonnay should give them a try.

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