About This Wine
Join us on a trip to the new mecca of Malbec.
Our journey begins in Argentina’s city of Mendoza. We’re going to head southwest, and drive for approximately 40 minutes. Welcome to the home of Payana and dozens of other quality-focused wine labels. Welcome to Lujan de Cuyo.
Part of the Mendoza River high region in Argentina’s vast central valley, Lujan de Cuyo was the first region to gain AOC (appellation d’origine controlee) status in the country. In other words, it was Argentina’s first “quality capital” for growing winegrapes. And the leading variety from year one has been Malbec.
In the Bordeaux region of France, Malbec is a minor blending grape. In Mendoza — and particularly in Lujan de Cuyo — Malbec has ascended to star status. Most Mendoza Malbec bottlings are 100 percent varietal, and that’s the case with Payana’s 2011 vintage — a medium-bodied wine that’s packed with fruit flavor and definitely is worth seeking out.
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:Lujan de Cuyo Area of Mendoza, Argentina
- Aromas & Flavors:Black Cherry, Blackberry and a Hint of Cocoa
- Aging Vessels:Stainless Steel Tanks and Assorted Oak Barrels for 5 Months
- When to Drink:Now Through 2016
- Food Pairing Suggestiongrilled meats, or beef stew.