10 Oct 2014
Malbec made from eighty year old vines brings in a 93 points!
When it comes to old vine fruit Argentina has it in spades, with a lot of Malbec plantings in the 75-100 year old range
We have just recently tried an old vine rendition that caught our attention, the 2011 Bodega Atamisque Malbec which is sourced from 80 year old vines from two separate vineyards in the La Consulta area of the Uco Valley and if vine age is any indication of quality then this is a wine that will surely please even the most discerning palate. Obviously vine age is not an automatic indicator of a quality wine, but it certainly makes it a lot easier. All great winemakers agree that the starting point should be high quality fruit, and as vines age they naturally produce a smaller crop (many winemakers will reduce the crop of younger vines) which is more flavorful. The end result is a wine that is more layered and textured.
This has some scale and size to it, yet it still has a modicum of freshness and vibrancy that gives lift to its dark fruit base. This got a glowing review earlier this year by the Wine Advocate, which gave it a very respectable 93 pt score, calling it a great wine at a great price, and highly recommended. We are offering this exceptional Argentine Malbec for $24.99 a bottle and $22.49 when you purchase six bottles or more, which in light of its superior quality makes it a solid value anyway you look at it. There is not much to go around so as always first come first served.
Posted by Gregg 00:00:00