External Reviews for Malbec
Malbec 2010 - 88 points, i-winereview.com/ This dark ruby, inexpensive Malbec shows scents of cracked pepper and red plum and has a medium weight body with good acidity and a firm grip on the finish. It’s made from Salentein’s lowest altitude vineyards, yielding 8-10 tons/hectare and aged in French oak for about 6 months. It’s pleasant drinking.
Malbec 2012 - Best Buy - 88 Points/ Leathery aromas blend well with concentrated black-fruit scents. In the mouth, this value-priced Malbec offers juicy purity and plenty of spunk. Flavors of black fruits, licorice and chocolate maintain a sense of freshness, while the finish offers residual blackberry and cassis flavors.
Malbec 2011 - 87 points, Wine Enthusiast/ Berry aromas come with a hint of cheesy oak, spice and leather. This is jammy, extracted and a touch lazy on the palate, while flavors of dark berry and herbal shadings are good. Mild doses of mint and herbs influence a weighty, jammy finish.
Malbec 2008 - 90 Points, eRobertParker.com/ Purple/black color; spice box; incense, and black cherry aromas, succulent, ripe, long.
Situated on a high plateau in the Uco Valley of Argentina’s Mendoza region, the Portillo (meaning “portal” or “gateway”) winery and vineyards are dedicated to making superb quality wines for everyday enjoyment. Harmony with nature is readily apparent in every aspect of this property, which is designed to deliver wines that capture and respect the pristine beauty of their birthplace. Portillo’s state-of-the-art winery is largely built of local materials, including stones quarried from a nearby valley. This enables the facility to better blend in with the surrounding environment. Built on three levels, each 16 feet deep, with much of the facility concealed below ground, Portillo is also notable for its employment of a gravity-flow system. This minimizes handling of grapes and helps protect the integrity of the fruit. The facility’s ingenious design, which takes careful advantage of the gentle slopes on which it is built, is thought to be unique in South America. Production Area Argentina, Mendoza Portillo Malbec 2011 is the FIRST Malbec in Argentina to achieve a Zero Carbon Footprint certification from The Carbon Trust-- a world-leading organization helping businesses, governments and the public sector to accelerate the move to a low-carbon economy through carbon reduction, energy-saving strategies and commercializing low-carbon technologies. Grape Varieties 100% Malbec Vinification The grapes are hand-harvested at optimal ripeness. After destemming, the grapes are transferred to stainless steel tanks, where cold maceration takes place at a temperature of 45 -50°F. Fermentation lasts for 10 to 15 days. After fermentation, the wine is racked by gravity, with no pumping, and is aged in stainless steel tanks. Color Deep ruby red Bouquet Rich with fruit, the nose is reminiscent of plums and blackberries Taste Fresh flavors of redcurrant and black cherry supported by sweet, round tannins ending in a long finish with notes of cinnamon and cloves. Alcohol 14% Serving Suggestions Enjoy with grilled steaks, roasts and pasta in richly-flavored sauces
Since its debut vintage ten years ago, Bodegas Salentein has forged an enviable reputation worldwide for producing award-winning, premium quality wines. The estate’s winemaking team, led by the legendary José Galante, is one of the most revered in Argentina. Together, they strive to combine artistry, creativity and passion to craft wines that capture the finest terroirs of the Uco Valley in the famed Mendoza region. Killka is the latest creation from this very progressive winery and is produced using grapes cultivated on Salentein’s high-altitude vineyards in the Andes. It is named in honor of the Killka Gallery, the estate’s world-renowned and award-winning center for the arts, culture and gastronomy, which receives 20,000 visitors a year. One of the paintings from the gallery’s permanent collection, El Sillon Azul, or The Blue Chair, by Argentinean artist Alonso Carlos (1929), is featured on the label. Killka is produced just steps away from the gallery in a uniquely cross-shape structure, which like all the buildings on this near 5000-acre private estate, was built by regional craftsmen, using local materials and incorporating indigenous architectural features. Production Area Valle de Uco – Tunuyán – Mendoza, Argentina Salentein’s high-elevation vineyards are located between 3,445 and 3,773 feet above sea level. The stony, alluvial soils enjoy excellent drainage. The weather conditions are also ideal, with few extreme variations in temperature. Vines (double-trellis) have adequate exposure to the sunlight, resulting in perfect ripening of sugars and polyphenols, while efficent drip irrigation produces optimum foliage development. Yields are kept low with canopy management. Grape Varieties 100% Malbec Vinification Grapes are hand-harvested from select plots. 15 days of cold maceration is followed by 7 - 10 days of fermentation in stainless steel tanks with selected yeasts and then 5 days of post-fermentation maceration. The lots are blended and 20% is aged in French oak for 4 - 5 months. The finished wine is bottled 6 months prior to release. Color Ruby red with tints of violet Bouquet Rich in fruit, reminiscent of black cherries, dark fruit and flowers. Taste A rich composition of blackberries, plums, and violets. Balanced structure with soft tannins, ripe black fruit and a velvety finish. Alcohol 14.5% Serving Suggestions An ideal match for roasted and grilled meats, charcuterie, duck and pâtés
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