Salentein Numina Gran Corte 2016
Deep ruby. Scents of cassis, black cherries, spices and mint. An intense and robust wine with elegant flavors of raspberries, blueberries, sweet spices and a long, lingering finish of vanilla. An ideal match for hard cheeses, hearty stews, pasta dishes, casseroles and grilled red meats.
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Salentein’s Gran Corte combines the five Bordeaux varieties, with Malbec representing 65% of the cuvée. Showing the freshness and elegance that are typical of the best 2016s, this is violet-scented, complex and nuanced, with plum and black cherry fruit and fine tannins. 2021-30
The red blend 2016 Numina Gran Corte is a multi-grape assemblage that was composed of 65% Malbec, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. The varieties fermented separately in 7,000-liter oak vats and were blended after six months in barrels. This is a classical blend, where the different grapes complement each other and feel very integrated, coming through as harmonious and balanced. The palate has good freshness and very fine tannins, with pungent flavors that lead to a long and tasty finish. 95,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in November 2017.
Blackberry, cassis and prune aromas are ripe on the nose. Black plum, earthy berry and spice flavors finish with density and power on the palate, while a note of tomato lends needed freshness to this Malbec blend.
Established in the late 1990s, Bodegas Salentein is a privately-owned estate of almost 5,000 acres, of which 1,124 acres are planted to vine. Located in Mendoza’s famed Uco Valley, Salentein produces a remarkable collection of wines from vineyards planted in some of the highest elevations on the planet.
As pioneers in Argentina’s Uco Valley, Salentein is committed to mastering the art of high altitude vineyard cultivation and producing the finest expression of South American wines while respecting the native land, people and culture. José Galante, Salentein’s distinguished Chief Winemaker, is one of the most influential in Argentina and has been called the “Father of Argentine Malbec.” Galante works closely with consultant and legendary winemaker Paul Hobbs to craft expressive wines with viticultural depth and a precise balance of flavors.
Bodegas Salentein is a wine destination like no other, and the property includes a world-class winery and cellars, a 125-acre nature preserve, the showpiece Killka Center for Culture and the Arts, a nearby lodge (the Posada Salentein, offering an elegant and relaxed retreat into nature), and the landmark Chapel of Gratitude, a non-denominational chapel built using ancient local stonework techniques.
With a winning combination of cool weather, high elevation and well-draining alluvial soils, it is no surprise that Mendoza’s Uco Valley is one of the most exciting up-and-coming wine regions in Argentina. Healthy, easy-to-manage vines produce low yields of high-quality fruit, which in turn create flavorful, full-bodied wines with generous acidity.
One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.