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Odfjell Orzada Malbec 2009

Malbec from Chile
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Dark red violet in color, this elegant Malbec has a mysterious first impression with floral aromas such as violets followed by olives, ink, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, figs and, finally, notes of chocolate and a touch of fresh mushrooms. The expression on the palate is round with soft and velvety tannins. Well balanced, both concentrated and juicy, influenced by the acidic berries. There is a presence of graphite and mineral notes, together with a long, complex finish.

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Orzada Malbec contains 10% Syrah in its makeup and spent 15 months in 79% new French and American oak. Hints of game, balsamic, cherry cola, and assorted black fruits set the stage for a spicy, plush, full-bodied wine that deftly conceals enough fine-grained tannin to evolve for another 2-3 years. Drink this outstanding value from 2013 to 2021.
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Odfjell

Odfjell

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Founded on the Odfjell family’s international exploration as Norwegian Armadors (ship owners) and their passion for wine, Odfjell Vineyards strives to produce unique quality wines in a sustainable way.

Odfjell’s quest is to make wines that are a true expression of the terroir. Their low-yield vineyards are handled with individual care. The grapes are hand-picked in order to ensure the fruit arrives at the winery as intact as possible.

Vineyards were first planted in the Maipo Estate in 1994. Today, after 20 years, 85 hectares are planted in Maipo. Including the vineyards in Cauquenes, Lontue, and Colchagua, Odfjell have a total surface area of 115 hectares being cultivated, planted with a wide array of grape varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and old Carignan vines from Cauquenes.

Odfjell is committed to being a leader in progressive vineyard management, and they are dedicated to elevating the image and practice of viticulture in Chile. The goal of this work is to produce the best possible wines in the vineyards, while maintaining the long-term commitment to sustainable agriculture and environmental winemaking practices. For this reason, their vineyards are 100% organic and we they also recently begun biodynamic farming.

One of South America’s most important wine-producing countries, Chile is a reliable source of both budget-friendly wines and premium bottlings. Spanish settlers, Juan Jufre and Diego Garcia de Cáceres, most likely brought Vitis vinifera (Europe’s wine producing vine species) to the Central Valley of Chile some time in the 1550s. But Chile’s modern wine industry is largely the result of heavy investment from the 1990s.

Long and narrow, Chile is geographically isolated, bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Andes Mountains to the east and the Atacama desert to the north. These natural borders allowed Chile to avoid the disastrous phylloxera infestation in the late 1800s and as a result, vines are often planted on their own rootstock rather than grafted (as is the case in much of the wine producing world).

Chile’s vineyards vary widely in climate and soil type from north to south. The Coquimbo region in the far north contains the Elqui and Limari Valleys, where minimal rainfall and intense sunlight are offset by chilly breezes from the Humboldt Current. While historically focused solely on Pisco production, today this area finds success with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The Aconcagua region contains the eponymous Aconcagua Valley—hot and dry and home to full-bodied red wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot—as well as Casablanca Valley and San Antonio Valley, which focus on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The Central Valley is home to the Maipo, Rapel, Curicó and Maule Valleys, which produce a wide variety of red and white wines. Maipo in particular is known for Carmenère, Chile’s unofficial signature grape. In the up-and-coming southern regions of Bio Bio and Itata make excellent Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

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.

STC676982_2009 Item# 122589