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Natura Malbec 2016

Malbec from Rapel Valley, Chile
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    Winemaker Notes

    Deep ruby-red in color. Bouquet: Alluring nose with ripe blackberries and a hint of blackcurrant jam. The palate is lush and sweet with pure fruit and savory spicy notes. This wine is ideal with all grilled or sauced red meat dishes. It also pairs very well with pastas and aged cheeses.

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    Natura, Rapel Valley, Chile
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    Natura, as its names suggests, is one of the top organic wines, and inspired purely by nature. In the vineyard, the winery seeks to maintain a natural balance in order to express the true character of the vineyards. They nurture the land, cultivate grapes of superior quality and produce world-class wine in tune with nature. Natura is among the top organic wines that are produced from the purest, healthiest and highest quality, organically-grown grapes. Grown with the utmost respect for the environment, these natural grapes are then turned into one of the premier organic wines from Chile.

    From the beginning, the winery has been dedicated to producing the premier Chilean wines, searching for the finest wine valleys, in order to determine the best places to grow each varietal. Natura comes from organically farmed, estate vineyards in some of the most renowned winegrowing valleys of Chile.

    Rapel Valley

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    Touching the Pacific in the west and stretching up into the Andes on its eastern side, the Rapel Valley is one of the more substantial fine red wine producing regions of Chile and contains both the Colchagua Valley in its south and west and the Cachapoal in its north and east. While it is recognized for its exceptional warm-climate reds, the region does produce some fine Pinot noir and Sauvignon blanc on its coastal side.

    Some of the country’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the Rapel’s Andean foothills—with significant individualized smaller zones already identified. Soils here are mixtures of loam, clay, and sand; Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, and Merlot are the most prolific varieties throughout the region.

    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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