Mendel Malbec 2016
|Region||Argentina, Mendoza, Lujan de Cuyo|
Wine AdvocateCropped from a typical El Niño vintage that was cooler and with a late harvest, the 2016 Malbec comes from their old vineyard Finca Drummond in Luján de Cuyo, which was planted ungrafted 88 years ago at 980 meters in altitude. It had a classical vinification in stainless steel followed by 12 months in French oak barrels, divided equally between new, second use and third use. There is some more freshness here compared with the 2015, and it's clean, precise and somewhat serious, quite surprising for this price level. It has some floral notes, a very balanced palate and very fine tannins. It has the profile of a wine that should develop slowly and nicely in bottle. 80,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in November 2017.
Wine EnthusiastRipe berry aromas suggest raisin and marzipan. Following those aromas, this feels jammy and soft, with barely any edge. Cassis and berry flavors finish with notes of cola, spice and raisin.
Wine SpectatorDark currant, cream and plum tart flavors dominate this fruity red. Chocolate and spice notes emerge on the finish. Drink now. 2,000 cases made.
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