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Notes: Fruit attack of bracken berries and bold blue fruit aromatics. On the palate this wine shows that same fruit, ...Read more...
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Notes: Fruit attack of bracken berries and bold blue fruit aromatics. On the palate this wine shows that same fruit, with hints of violets and soft oak undertones. Juicy fruit mingles with good structural acidity that provides excellent length and structure. This wine is considerably Italian in style (super-smooth) and shows remarkable fruit purity. Years of barrel time have softened this wine beautifully. Cameron Confidential: This wine comes to us from a couple of gentlemen down in the Southern Hemisphere who retired out of the finance world to follow their dreams. We became friends while spending a glorious week of non-stop wine tasting at Vinexpo in Bordeaux. If I were to tell you the guys' last names you would understand even better the Italian comment above. But, alas, we promise anonymity in exchange for unbelievable pricing. They somehow heard about us from friends here in the States and sent up samples. I bought the first two wines they put in front of me, the second wine being the Lot 52 Valle de Uco Malbec, again from Mendoza. Winemaker John visited the winery to oversee the bottling and sent up these notes: Comprising almost the entire southern half of South America, Argentina is the world's eighth-largest country. Argentina possesses some of the world's tallest mountains, expansive deserts, exciting waterfalls, and wonderful wines. A lot of these wines had normally not left the country previously as domestic consumption and knowledge had kept them at home. Originally from France, Malbec was introduced into Argentina in the 1860s. The abundance of sunshine—the sun is on the national flag—suits the variety perhaps more so than its origin and now produces softer tannin and richer fruit styles, and Malbec has been embraced by the Argentines as their national variety. Lot 51 is the first release of a Malbec from CH Wine and is followed immediately by another one in Lot 52. Lot 51 comes from the region of Lujan de Cuyo in Mendoza and exemplifies what juicy fruit wines are all about. We have deliberately aimed for the rich, flavoursome style that you would also find at an Argentine bar-b-que. The wine has been made in one of the revamped family wineries that are producing stunning and interesting examples. Fermentation of these wines is in concrete tanks, which allows for a great management technique for the fermentation. Once the ferment starts, we drain off about 70% of the juice to another tank and pump it all back again into the skins. What this does is give the ferment some valuable aeration that the yeast just loves. It keeps the wine fresh from the beginning. It is a technique known as delestage and is fairly common in winemaking circles. While a lot of red wines are made in stainless steel tanks, the concrete tanks—with walls as thick as your arm is long—keep a consistent temperature, which is also highly desirable in winemaking. Lot 51 is holding all that fruit and intensity and shows what a desirable variety Malbec is. It is also one of the few varieties that are able to be used in Meritage blends. I tasted both Lot 51 and 52 when they arrived recently in the US, and this wine is the one to "attack" first due to its all-encompassing fruit flavours. While on the surface the wine appears soft, the variety begs to be paired with steak. It won't disappoint you—don't disappoint it.
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