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Yacochuya Malbec 2005

Malbec from Argentina
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Winemaker Notes

This ruby-red wine expresses a nose of plum, coffee and chocolate. It is a lush, sexy wine that fills your mouth with fruit and fine tannins. It has the length to live in your cellar but it is ready to go with a quick decant.

Critical Acclaim

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The 2005 Yacochuya (100% Malbec) spent 18 months in new French oak. It is a saturated opaque purple color with a brooding bouquet of mineral, wood smoke, lavender, incense, black cherry, and plum. Voluptuous and powerful on the palate, the wine is dense, rich, succulent, and impeccably balanced. It demands another 6-8 years of cellaring and will offer prime drinking through 2025, if not longer. I tasted a component tank sample of the 2007 and it, too, was spectacular.

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Yacochuya

Yacochuya

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Yacochuya, , South America
Yacochuya
Michel Rolland was first brought to Argentina and Cafayete by Arnaldo Etchart in 1988. Seduced by the remarkable potential of an old 16 acre plot that at the time was the highest elevation known vineyard site on earth (6,700 feet), Michel and Arnaldo created a partnership to make the wines of San Pedro de Yacochuya. Two red wines are made at this estate, their powerful/blockbuster Malbec, simply called “Yacochuya,” which is the winery flagship and one of the iconic wines of South America, and "San Pedro de Yacochuya,” which you can call their “second wine,” an elegant blend of 85% Malbec and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and one that Tim Atkin once described as “almost Rhône-like, with notes of black olive and lavender, some pepper spice.”

Bordeaux Blends

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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, especially in California, Washington, and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde river, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

In the Glass

Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux can be bold and fruit-forward or restrained and earthy, while New World facsimiles tend to emulate the former style. In general, Bordeaux red blends can have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

Perfect Pairings

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful, and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb, or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secret

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or virtually any other grape deemed worthy by the winemaker. In Australia, Shiraz is a common component.

YNG738921_2005 Item# 123122

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