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Antucura Malbec 2012
Producer: "Antucura means the ancient language of the Pehuenches -the first inhabitants of the area-, "Stone of the Sun". We chose this name for our winery and lodge at Vista Flores because the vineyards that give the birth to our beloved wines grow here naturally, among stones and rocks. Our winery mingles with the terroir, the ancient viticultural traditions and the new vinification technologies. Born to be the matrix of super premium and ultra premium wines, our winery counts with top quality controls and extra care. Through a special gravity flow system the grapes are gently pressed and therefore wines are nurtured in unparalleled conditions." - Importer
RiceSelect's creamy Arborio gets blended with sweet potato, coconut milk and vanilla to create this decadent cheesecake. Pairs well with Saunternes; a white dessert wine that has hints of coconut from aging in oak barrels.
Unfortunately, I think that the bottle was a bad one, not terrible or completely undrinkable, but a certain barnyard funk on the nose and in the taste, with a color that was a bit brownish, rather than the brilliant purple/garnet typically present in others. Too bad, because what was noticeable besides the funk, was a great Malbec Full Bodied, Long Finish, Jammy flavors. Here are a few descriptions from Wine.Com which all point to a great bottle. Decanter - "A wonderful velvet texture with great purity. Dense bramble fruit with hints of violets. Good length and lovely juiciness, and with a firm, fine tannic structure. Very expressive with lovely floral notes of roses, plus black pepper. Lovely mouthfeel and purity. The purest of Malbec expression. Nice, pure expression of Malbec. Clean fruit, violets and strawberries. A great wine to understand Malbec in general and Vista Flores Malbec in particular. Pure and drinkable. Will find another bottle and give that one a swirl. 11.12.2014 Finished the bottle yesterday afternoon. Barnyard funk was reduced to a background and not objectionable taste, though the bottle was not that special.
Purple color with red ruby around the rim. On the nose this wine is packed with Ripe strawberry, Rose Petal, Clove and vanilla with just a bit of forest floor funk that keeps it interesting. Flavors of black currant and cherries sing from the glass and with time turns to intense dark chocolate. Seems to be a bit of residual sugar. This is a great wine for entertaining but would be hard to pair with food due to it's low acidity and high alcohol. Finish is long and palette coating.
Food Pairings for Antucura Malbec
Coconut Rice Sweet Potato Cheesecake
Spicy Salmon & Avocado Tower
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