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Sur de los Andes Malbec Reserva 2014

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750ML / 14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Selected grapes from Agrelo and Uco Valley are treated to long maceration and 12 months of oak treatment to produce this delicious, intensely fruity Malbec that features notes of blueberry and boysenberry with a touch of minerality.

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Dark, inky aromas of blackberry, graphite and mocha get things going. This Malbec is full, thick and resiny in feel, with overt oak. Flavors of chocolaty oak, mocha and berry fruits finish round and beefy.
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Sur de los Andes

Sur de los Andes

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Sur de los Andes, South America
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Bodega Sur de los Andes was created by Guillermo Banfi, a young Argentine professional who entered the wine industry in 2002.

Today, the Banfi Family owns a 25 ha. vineyard in Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo planted mainly with Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Also, the winery has long-term contracts with their growers and the grapes are as close to state grown as possible, an arrangement very similar to those made by the traditional vineyards in Rioja, Spain.

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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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Malbec

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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.

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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