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Trapiche Malbec Vina Victorio Coletto 2004

Malbec from Argentina
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This vineyard was founded in 1939 by Victorio Coletto. When he planted his vineyard, Victorio was a pioneer in one of Mendoza's most prized areas: El Peral. Now 83, Victorio has been selling fruit to Trapiche for many years, and his grapes have always been prized for their sweetness and high quality. When asked why he decided to plant Malbec, Don Victorio answered simply, "Because I like red wine!"

At 1130 meters elevation, the vineyard has vines that average 50 years old growing in soils that are alluvial, loamy clay, about 1.5 meters deep. The fruit is hand harvested into 20 kg. plastic bins for protection during transport to the winery. There's bunch selection and destemming prior to a rigorous berry selection. Fermentation and maceration occurs in small concrete vats for a minimum of 25 days at 23-25°C. Natural malolactic fermentation precedes 18 months of aging in new French oak barrels.

"Garnet hue with a fuchsia rim. Lush blueberry aromas with uplifting accents of caramel, coconut and maple. Layers of blueberry and ripe plum flavors with well-integrated tannins and acids. Lengthy finish with a tasty mix of sweet oak, smoky fruit and minerals."
Wine News March 1, 2007

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Trapiche, , South America
Trapiche
Founded in 1883, Trapiche is one of Argentina's best-known wine brands. Located at the foothills of the Andes in Mendoza, they own more than 3000 acres of vineyards ranging from 600 meters to over 1200 meters. Chief winemaker, Daniel Pi's goal and vission is to represent the richness and diversity of Argentina's terroir. Trapiche is dedicated to creating the best Malbec wines in the world as exemplified by the winery's most successful project, The Single Vineyard Malbec Series. As a tribute to the growers' passion and dedication, the winery selects three of its best growers and bottles their wines exclusively in limited production. The result is rich, incredibly massive, terroir-driven wines, prossessing bold, powerful fruit that express passion, history and the grower's personal touch.

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Pinot Noir

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One of the most difficult yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is commonly referred to by winemakers as the “heartbreak grape.” However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. More reflective than most varieties of the land on which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality, and demands care in the vineyard and lots of attention in the winery. It is an important component of Champagne and the only variety permitted in red Burgundy. Pinot Noir enjoys immense popularity internationally, most notably in Oregon, California, and New Zealand.

In the Glass

Pinot Noir Is all about red fruit—strawberry, raspberry, and cherry. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and lively acidity. It ranges in body from very light to the heavier side of medium, typically landing somewhere in the middle—giving it extensive possibilities for food pairing. With age (of which the best examples can handle an astounding amount), it can develop hauntingly beautiful characteristics of fresh earth, autumn leaves, and truffles.

Perfect Pairings

Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon, ocean trout, and tuna. Its mild mannered tannins don’t fight with spicy food, and give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry—chicken, quail, and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, it can even match with heavier fare. Pinot Noir is also very vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

Sommelier Secret

Pinot Noir is dangerously drinkable, highly addictive, and has a bad habit of emptying the wallet. Look for affordable but still delicious examples from Germany (as Spätburgunder), Italy (as Pinot Nero), Chile, New Zealand, and France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions.

BBI60575_2004 Item# 90477

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