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Finca El Portillo Bodegas Salentein Malbec 2008

Member Review by anstett:

Another excellent Argentinian Malbec. Good fruit and an smooth finish but with a body that can stand up to the spicy foods we have at dinner. Something to look for to add to the cellar again.

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Bodega Salentein:
The magnificent bodega, designed for both form and function in the shape of a cross, allows for customized gentle handling of the grapes, reducing the distance wine needs to be moved between winemaking steps. Each of the wings is a small winery with two levels-a ground level that houses stainless steel tanks and French wooden vats for fermentation and storage, and an underground level for aging... Read more
The magnificent bodega, designed for both form and function in the shape of a cross, allows for customized gentle handling of the grapes, reducing the distance wine needs to be moved between winemaking steps. Each of the wings is a small winery with two levels-a ground level that houses stainless steel tanks and French wooden vats for fermentation and storage, and an underground level for aging wine in oak casks. The two levels allow wine to flow from the tanks to the barrels by a traditional gravity transfer system. The four wines converge in a circular central chamber.which resembles an amphitheater and was inspired by ancient classical temples. Read less
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Member Reviews for Finca El Portillo Bodegas Salentein Malbec

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Snooth User: anstett
85299896
3.50 5
10/17/2010

Another excellent Argentinian Malbec. Good fruit and an smooth finish but with a body that can stand up to the spicy foods we have at dinner. Something to look for to add to the cellar again.


Snooth User: nypoet22
27394681
2.00 5
11/09/2010

i like the smoothness and the fruity nose, as well as the hint of spice. but to be honest the finish is a bit flat, which makes the whole experience pretty underwhelming. overall it's really so-so in my book.


Snooth User: Veroite
36070712
3.00 5
02/27/2010

Local grocery store had this as a buy one get one free special, so decided to try an Argentine Malbec. I enjoyed this wine and would buy it again, but it's not one that I would list as one of my most favorite red wines. I don't have the "nose," but my best description would be berry fruity and spicey too.


Snooth User: papi2306
31883112
4.00 5
12/02/2010

For the price I paid $7.99 at Green's in SC this got the be the best Mendoza/Argentina red I have tasted in a long time. I would suggest to have this wine with spicy foods we had at dinner the other night.And yes I would pay $10.to $12. for this wine.


Snooth User: anstett
85299896
3.50 5
10/17/2010

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Finca El Portillo Bodegas Salentein Malbec

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

A winery to watch is Salentein, the maker of this densely colored wine that features inky blackberry aromas along with hints of spice and tobacco. Lush but firm, with moderate tannins that make themselves felt. A streak of toasty oak creates coffee and pepper on the back palate.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Medium-weight, with a slightly jammy core of red cherry, plum and rhubarb notes backed by spice and sweet toast on the rounded finish. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

The Mendoza appellation's ecological conditions have allowed this wine to develop all its characteristics optimally, demonstrating what an Argentine Malbec can yield. The end product is a velvety red endowed with sweet ripe plums, rich cocoa and toasty vanilla nuances.




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