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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.
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
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 2009 - 86 points, Wine Spectator/ Ripe and spicy, showing juicy black cherry and plum notes leading to medium tannins on the minerally finish.
Situated on a high plateau in the Uco Valley of Argentina’s Mendoza region, the El Portillo (meaning portal or gateway) winery and vineyards are dedicated to making superb quality wines for everyday e
Terra Andina wines are inspired by the vibrancy of South America. At its core, Terra Andina is free-spirited by nature, exuding the best qualities of South America: relentlessly energetic, inherently open-minded, and undeniably social. Terra Andina wines are meant to be enjoyed, and above all shared with friends, enriching any occasion. Terra Andina’s Chief Winemaker, Eduardo Alemparte, has traveled throughout South America, experiencing first-hand how each region’s wine style is interwoven with the fabric of its culture. He has drawn inspiration from the diversity of valleys, varieties and people in the aim to create the best wines that fully reflect the South American vibe. From the bold Andes to the fresh Pacific, the dramatic landscapes of Chile, Argentina and Brazil have served as muse for Terra Andina wines. Production Area Argentina, Mendoza Grape Varieties Malbec Vinification 20% of the wine is aged in oak barrels for 8 months. Bouquet Notes of raspberries, blackberries and violets. Taste This Malbec is rich, silky, and like the High Plains of Argentina it comes from, warm and generous. Alcohol 13.5% Serving Suggestions This Malbec goes great with pastas, grilled dishes,take-out food, a dinner party, or just hanging out with friends... whichever comes first
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