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L10 by Valentin Bianchi Premium Malbec 2012

Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    14.6% ABV
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    14.6% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Valentin Bianchi's LEO Premium Malbec has fruity aromas of ripe plums and cherry jam and soft sensations of vanilla and tobacco from the French and American oak aging. The palate follows the nose, with spicy notes and firm structure of sweet tannins, which harmonize smoothly with this strong-bodied wine. It has an intense and voluptuous finish voluptuous finish.

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    L10 by Valentin Bianchi, Mendoza, Argentina
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    L10 by Valentin Bianchi (formerly known as Leo by Valentin Bianchi), is a collaboration between Valentin Bianchi and Argentine soccer superstar Leo Messi’s Charity Foundation.

    Founded in 2007, Lionel Messi, with the support of his family, created the Messi Foundation. The foundation was created with the idea that all children have the same opportunities for making their dreams come true. These are the basics that motivate Leo Messi Foundation. The Messi Foundation’s mission is to act in favor of kids and adolescents who are in a risk situation. The prospects are to work internationally, together with other institutions, to develop projects in alignment with the ideals of the Foundation.

    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.

    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.

    MNC24030F_2012 Item# 140741