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Yacochuya Malbec (bin soiled labels) 2000

Malbec from Cafayate Valley, Salta, Argentina
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16% ABV
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RP 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2000, to be released later this year, is even better than the 1999 ... more concentrated, viscous, and complete. I rated it (92-95) immediately prior to being bottled without filtration.

Range: 92-95 Points

WE 93
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Renowned French consultant Michel Rolland and his wife, Dany, make this bruiser in northern Argentina, and it’s unique to say the least. It sizzles at 16% alcohol, with subdued ink and smoke aromas, fiery flavors of blackberry, licorice and pepper, and firm, probing tannins. Call it a wine warrior’s wine, a collector’s special; and try to cellar it for several years before drinking.
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Yacochuya

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Yacochuya, Cafayate Valley, Salta, Argentina
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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.”

Cafayate Valley

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Home to some of Argentina’s best Torrontes, the Cafayate Valley’s rugged, high-altitude vineyards are part of the Calchaquies Valley in northwestern Argentina. Here, this Argentine white variety is able to achieve optimal ripeness while maintaining a higher than average acidity; its wines are typically full-bodied, dry to off-dry and alluringly aromatic.

In the Cafayate Valley, summers are warm and while most rainfall happens in these months, it isn’t enough to supply to the vineyards with enough water for the entire year. Snowmelt provides a fresh water source for irrigation in these arid and extreme conditionss.

Known for its big, bold flavors and supple texture, Malbec is most famous for its runaway success in Argentina. However, the variety actually originates in Bordeaux, where it historically contributed color and tannin to blends but was susceptible to viticultural problems. After being nearly wiped out by a devastating frost in 1956, it was never significantly replanted, although it did flourish under the name Côt in nearby Cahors. Malbec was brought to Argentina in 1868 by a French agronomist who saw great potential for the variety in Mendoza’s hot, high-altitude landscape, but did not gain its current reputation as the national grape of Argentina until a surge in popularity in the late 20th century thanks to its easy-going drinkability.

In the Glass

Malbec typically expresses deep flavors of freshly turned earth, black fruits from berries to plums, and licorice, appropriately backed by dense, chewy tannins. In warmer, New World regions, such as Mendoza, it can be quite intense and often needs time to mellow before becoming drinkable. In the Old World, its rusticity shines, with aged examples showing dusty notes of leather and tobacco. The best examples in all regions often possess a beguiling bouquet of violets.

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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