Santa Julia Reserva Malbec 2017
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Dark violet with blue hues. Nose of ripe red and black fruits such as cherries, plums, and blackberries. Notes of vanilla, chocolate, and snuff. Medium-bodied flavor, with soft tannins and balanced acidity with a fruity and spicy finish.
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Good bang for your buck! Heaps of plum, berry and red blossom combined with chocolate, vanilla and a balsamic edge.
Dry, crisp plum and berry aromas form a clean opening to this juicy style of Malbec. Pepper, dark plum and blackberry flavors are linear and don't waver on a fresh finish.
The 2017 Reserva Malbec was produced with grapes from the Valle de Uco. It fermented in stainless steel and concrete vats with indigenous yeasts and matured in a combination of stainless steel and oak barrels. There is an herbal twist, perhaps from an early harvest and the fresh zones from the Valle de Uco, with contained ripeness and moderate alcohol, very balanced and sleek.
Julia exists, its real. She is the only daughter of José Zuccardi, current director of Familia Zuccardi winery. Created in her honor, she represents her commitment to achieve the highest quality levels by sustainable practices that contribute to protecting the environment and being useful to the community. How do they think? Develop wines of the highest quality. To continually look for innovation. Working in harmony with the environment. Contribute to the community of which they are part off. Bodega Santa Julia seeks to produce wines sustainable. For this, they have developed programs designed for the care of the land, the people who work in it and the community where they live: compost production, waste sorting, light bottles, study center, good harvest program, fair for Life Thermal Insulation, solar panels,water treatment
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 originated 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.
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.
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.