About This Wine
Virtually all of the Malbec in Argentina is grown in the Mendoza region.
But Mendoza is vast, which means that the grapes grown in different areas can embody variable aromas and flavors. Some may exude dark fruit notes, while others may exhibit “earthy” qualities, a la many of the wines from Bordeaux.
Think of Mendoza as you would California’s North Coast region. Within Mendoza, there is an area called Lujan de Cuyo — just as in the North Coast, there is an area known as the Napa Valley. Now carry it a step further. Within Lujan de Cuyo, there is a district known as Alto Agrelo — just as in the Napa Valley, there are districts such as Rutherford and St. Helena.
Alto Agrelo is considered one of the most important vineyard districts in all of Argentina, and that’s where the grapes for the “Llama” Malbec were grown. No wonder it’s so deep, dark and delicious.
A midseason ripener, it can bring very deep color, ample tannin, and a particular plum-like flavor component to add complexity to claret blends.
- Grape Composition:100% Malbec
- Grape Source:Alto Agrelo in Lujan de Cuyo Area of Mendoza, Argentina
- Aromas & Flavors:Pepper, Blackberry, Cream, Ripe Plum and Toasty Oak
- Aging Vessels:French Oak Barrels for 6 Months
- When to Drink:Now Through 2015
- Food Pairing Suggestionbold cheeses, or a pepper steak.
Good red-ruby. Blackberry, licorice, spicy oak and a whiff of violet on the nose. Supple, savory and a bit reduced, with a smooth texture to the fruit-driven flavors of plum, blackberry, cassis and licorice. Not particularly sweet or complex but fairly fine-grained. Finishes with easy tannins and modest length.
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