Like the Salentein Chardonnay Reserve, the Malbec Reserve is exceptional quality for the price. It?s a well-balanced wine with meaty red fruit notes on the nose. It shows an inner mouth perfume with flavors of ripe dark plum, blackberry, and savory, saline notes on a full, nicely weighted palate. Made from selected grapes of both low and high altitude vineyard parcels yielding about 6 tons/hectare and aged in 50% new American and French oak for 12 months.
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Reserve Malbec 2010
Grape Varieties100% Malbec
AppellationValle de Uco
DescriptionIn the remote upper reaches of Argentina's Uco Valley on the eastern slopes of the Andes, Bodegas Salentein produces a remarkable collection of wines from vineyards planted at some of the highest elevations on the planet. From this lofty outpost, 65 miles south of the bustling city of Mendoza, Argentina's winemaking capital, Bodegas Salentein (Sah-len-tyne) has forged an international reputation for its fine wines. Each year, growing numbers of curious wine lovers are drawn to this spectacular location, intent on discovering and experiencing the beauty and ethos of Bodegas Salentein for themselves. Bodegas Salentein is a wine destination like no other. Established in the late 1990s, Salentein is a privately-owned estate of almost 5,000 acres, of which 1,124 acres are planted to vine. The property includes a world-class winery and cellars, a 125-acre nature preserve, the showpiece Killka Center for Culture and the Arts, a nearby lodge (the Posada Salentein, offering an elegant and relaxed retreat into nature), and the landmark Chapel of Gratitude, a non-denominational chapel of ascetic loveliness, built using ancient local stonework techniques.
Vinification100% of the grapes are hand-harvested and selected before undergoing a gentle de-stemming.
NoseRipe plums, cherries and blackberries are complemented by a hint of tobacco
PalateA balanced and complex wine with flavors of redcurrants, black cherries and cinnamon with a long lasting finish marked by notes of leather, tobacco and vanilla
AnalysisAlcohol: 14.5 %pH: 3.72 RS: 2 g/LTA: 5.25 g/L
750 ml, 3.0 L
Serving SuggestionsWell-matched with barbecued meats, robust pasta entrées, baked ham, pork chops and sharp cheeses