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Mendel Unus 2013

Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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14.6% ABV
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14.6% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The aromas of dark cherries, plums and roasted cocoa come leaping out of the glass. This is a big but very suave wine with layers of ripe cherry, berry fruits, white pepper, mint, chocolate, caramel, smoke, and toast. There are loads of ripe, soil tannins, so this wine will certainly age beautifully for a decade or longer, but the temptation to drink it right away may be too much to resist.

Blend: 65% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot

Critical Acclaim

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JS 95
James Suckling
Complex and beautiful aromas of blackberry and blueberry. Licorice. Full body, fine tannins and a long finish. Sexy and pretty. Drink now.
RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Unus is a blend of 65% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot sourced from different subzones of Mendoza. It fermented in stainless steel and matured in barrel for around one year, in a mixture of new and second-use. Tasted next to some 2013s you immediately feel the ripeness of the vintage (which the wine clearly shows, as it should be), with more aromas of plums and dark cherries and plenty of spices. The palate is medium to full-bodied with the grapes nicely integrated. It feels very compact and serious. I tasted 2005, 2007 and 2010, and I found the iron and blood character of the Cabernet from Perdriel, mostly in the 2005, which was a cool and somewhat wet vintage. The 2005 is perfect for drinking and the 2010 still feels a bit young. 2012 is a warmer vintage and might develop faster, but for sure it's a wine that can age.
WE 93
Wine Enthusiast
Rich aromas of raisin, cassis and blackberry are supported by notes of vanilla, smoke and sweet almond paste. While this is dense and ripe, it's also a touch edgy and raw on the palate. Flavors of blackberry, cassis, dark spices and chocolate finish with a primary wave of residual fruit then a final dose of peppery spice. Drink through 2025.
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Mendel, Mendoza, Argentina
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Mendel Winery embodies the union of Roberto de la Mota - one of Argentina's most respected and experienced winemakers - with a nearly century-old Argentine family, whose sole objective is to produce wine of unquestionable, superior quality that express the character of their very old Malbec and Cabernet vineyards in Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina.

Mendel is the first name of the owner's father, a man who came to Argentina with nothing and ended up a successful businessman in different industries. He was also a man that loved the finest things that life had to offer, particularly wine. His daughter, Anabelle, honors her father by seeking perfection in her and Roberto's wines with his name on the label.

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.

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