This is an excellent wine and you'll find it for under ten dollars US. Malbec is one of the fine varietals of Bordeaux where it is traditionally used as a blending grape. The Argentinians, however, have seen incredible success with Malbec as a stand alone wine. This wine is a sleeper and anyone who enjoys a sturdy red wine should find this rich, ebullient wine to be a pleasure.
Harvested from half century old vines, the wine is 97% Malbec and 3% Cabernet Franc. No oak, no filtering. Lots of black fruit (black cherry) on the palate with a lingering, smooth finish. The Punto Final is sealed with a pumpkin colored synthetic cork. Notwithstanding the cork color, it should drink well for the next five years.
The Malbec grapes are sourced from two mountain vineyards, both planted more than 50 years ago. The grapes are hand-harvested into small lugs, hand-sorted, crushed and cold-macerated at the winery for four days. The wine is then fermented at controlled temperatures with native yeasts in stainless steel for 15 days and inoculated with the winery's own malolactic organisms. After this it is aged for eight months, partly in French barriques and partly in stainless steel. The end result is a wine with a rich bouquet, lively mouth-feel, lingering flavors of red and black berries with undertones of black pepper and vanilla, and a velvety texture throughout.
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