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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

2006 Viniterra Select Malbec

Sourced from the "Villa Rosa" vineyard in Mendoza's Lujan del Cuyo appellation, this Malbec is aged in both French and American oak barrels for a total of 12 months. The wine goes through all the standard and advanced vinification processes such as malolactic fermentation, cold soaking, and filtering.

This darkly colored wine (almost black) has an expressive nose of black cherry, black raspberry pie filling, cassis, savory dark chocolate, and hints of peppery earth and vanilla.

On the palate there are rich black fruit flavors of cassis, currant, and blackberry. There is also secondary nuances of vanilla, dark chocolate, cedar, spice, and black pepper.

In my opinion this wine is a very nice representation of the varietal. It's still rustic and a bit earthy, but the fruit is ripe and full. The wine finishes with some firm tannin but doesn't have tremendous length or weight which is the reason the wine falls just short of being great. Overall it's a pretty nice effort though. 89 points

 
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