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Pulenta X Gran Malbec 2014

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750ML / 14.4% ABV
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750ML / 14.4% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Intense and dark violet color with a surprising sheen. Aromas of redfruits, strawberries and some cherries. subtle notes of flowers likeviolets and lilacs. Also some aromas of vanilla and delicate toastedaromas brought by its passage through oak. In the mouth it is a complex wine with personality, good structure and an extremely pleasant finish.

Critical Acclaim

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JS 94
James Suckling
This is a big and powerful red with blackberry and black truffle character as well as lots of wood. Full body. Big style. Needs a year or two to soften and refine.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Gran Malbec is a barrel selection that blends the best Malbec from the vintage from Valle de Uco, mostly Los Árboles (Don Antonio) and some from Gualtallary. The fermentation and élevage was similar to the rest of the wines, using different vessels and maturing the wine in French barriques for 12 to 16 months. In reality, there is more oak here, because they used more of the component that fermented in barrel and also used a higher percentage of new oak. The wine has a little more oak on the nose but also in the tannins and the texture of the mouthfeel, where the wine feels more influenced by the oak.
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Pulenta Estate

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Pulenta Estate, South America
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The Pulenta family has been a prominent and respected force in Argentine viticulture for three generations. Sons of well-known winegrower Antonio Pulenta, and descendants of Italian immigrants, Eduardo and Hugo Pulenta founded Pulenta Estate in 2002. The vineyards are estate-owned and farmed for high quality and limited yields. Their extensive holdings in the Agrelo area of Lujan de Cuyo have allowed them to create a broad portfolio that includes sauvignon blanc, pinot gris, chardonnay and malbec rose; merlot, cabernet franc, malbec and cabernet sauvignon in several tiers and even a late harvest red blend.

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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.

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Celebrated for its bold flavors and supple texture, Malbec has enjoyed runaway success in Argentina since the late 20th century. The grape originated in Bordeaux, France, where it historically contributed color and tannin to blends. A French agronomist, who saw great potential for the variety in Mendoza’s hot, high-altitude landscape, brought Malbec to Argentina in 1868. Somm Secret—If you’re trying to please a crowd, Malbec is generally a safe bet with its combination of dense fruit and soft tannins.

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