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Bodegas Callia Malbec Tulum Valley Alta 2011
My Rating 90:Unbelievable low price $ 6.99 for this well balanced and subtle body and elegant restrained nose. This is quiet untypical of a MalbecAdd winemaker's notes
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Malbec 2011 - Best Buy, Wine Enthusiast/ Subtle and fairly deep, with aromas of berry, pastry and cherry cough drop. It feels lively and good, with blueberry and plum flavors in front of a textured, medium-deep finish.
Bodegas Callia is situated in the Tulum Valley in Argentina’s province of San Juan. It is nestled between the Pie de Palo hills to the north and the Cerro Chico Del Zonsa to the south. Two finca estates encompass 700 acres of land: Finca Pie de Palo and Finca 9 De Julio. At 630 meters above sea level, the area is blessed by temperate climate, low rainfall and rich sandy alluvial and clay loam soil; the result is intense and fruity wines that reflect the rich terroir of this region. Born from passion and legend, Bodegas Callia is named for a young woman who arrived in the land of San Juan many years ago. She wrote to her family describing San Juan as paradise endowed with abundant fruits despite the desert landscape. Her name was Callia and today, for the people of Argentina, Callia is synonymous with hope, endurance and success. Bodegas Callia celebrates the spirit of this illustrious woman. The winery’s goal is to produce the best wines in San Juan and the best Shiraz in Argentina. Along with creating quality wines, they continue to respect and support the people, nature and community from which their wines are created. Production Area The grapes are cultivated from vineyards located in Caucete, at 650 meters (2,133 feet) above sea level, in alluvial, sandy-textured soil. The vines are drip irrigated with snowmelt runoff from the Andes, providing the optimum amount of water to each plant. Vines are trained on trellis. Grape Varieties 100% Malbec Vinification The grapes are hand-harvested and clusters are manually selected before de-stemming. Pre-fermentative maceration is performed at 12°C for 48 hours. Fermentation takes place at 24°C for 11 days. 30% of the wine was barrel-aged for three months in 50% French oak and 50% American oak. Color Deep purple Bouquet Notes of spices and red fruits (cherries and plums) Taste Good structure, fresh and elegant mouth-feel, well-balanced with a long intense finish Alcohol 13.1% Serving Suggestions Due to the character of young red wines like Callia Alta, serve this wine slightly cooler than you would serve older red wines. A temperature of 15°C - 16°C is ideal as it allows for the integration of fruity flavors and the tannic structure of this wine.
Malbec 2008/ Wine Spectator's Great Buys: "Bargain hunters take note: More and more high quality wines are being made around the world, at lower prices. It's a formula that provides wine lovers with exciting wine-buying opportunities."
Malbec 2008 - 85 Points & Best Buy, Wine Enthusiast/ Cherry and plum aromas carry the mildest touch of stem, yet the palate is reasonably stocky. Cherry and chocolate flavors may seem slightly confected, but given the wine's price it's hard to register any complaints. A creamy and flavorful finish makes this well worth the money.
Alta Malbec 2010 - 86 points, Wine Enthusiast/ Good berry and plum aromas send this out in solid form. The palate is full and grabby, with jammy, slightly herbal flavors of blackberry and plum. The finish is medium in length, with size and a spot of heat. Ripe, good and fresh for an under-$10 Malbec.
Alta Malbec 2009 - 85 Points & Best Buy, Wine Enthusiast/ ...in the mouth it has good body and grab, with roasted fruit flavors and a touch of hickory. Savory and pretty good for under $10.
Malbec 2011 - 87 points & Best Buy, Wine Enthusiast/ Subtle and fairly deep, with aromas of berry, pastry and cherry cough drop. It feels lively and good, with blueberry and plum flavors in front of a textured, medium-deep finish.
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