Vaglio Chacra Malbec 2017
The wine is dark with notes of dark fruits like plum, raisin and blackberry pie. The supple tannins and hint of oak lead to a round, smooth finish wrapped in caramel and walnuts.
Vaglio was established in 2013 and is owned and operated by founder José Lovaglio Balbo. He refurbished what was once a creamery into a small gravity fed concrete winery which is located in El Peral, Tupungato. He produces single vineyard wines, from different subregions and soil types. All the wines are vinified in the same way through minimal intervention and oak contact with the intent to highlight the different microclimates of Northern Mendoza. He is also the son of Susanna Balbo and a winemaker at the family winery. José continues to test boundaries and he recently planted a vineyard in La Carerra at 2200 meters above sea level.
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.
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.