Particular Bianchi Malbec 2017
Deep red color with intense and lively purple tones. Aromas of black fruits, ripe plums, and spicy notes blend with dark chocolate, vanilla and smoke (from the oak) On the palate, it is initially sweet, with gentle but persistent tannins. Full-bodied, with great structure, balanced acidity, and a persistent finish.
The grapes come from the historical Finca Asti vineyards, situated in Los Paredes, San Rafael, Mendoza, in shallow stony/rocky soils poor in organic matter (over 820 yards above sea level). The grapes were hand-harvested in small 30 to 40- pound picking lugs. Before destemming, all unripe or compromised fruit and leaves were manually eliminated. Afterwards, the fruit drops onto a second conveyor belt, where any other pieces of stems and berries not fully colored were removed by hand. Once in fermenting tanks, most of the grapes were cold macerated for 4 days at 46.4° F (8° C), followed by fermentation, where temperature, time and frequency of pumpover were constantly monitored over a period of three weeks. Upon completing fermentation, the wine is left in contact with the marc for approximately 10 days (as determined by daily tank tastings). The wine was aged 12 months in 70-percent new, 30-percent used French barrels. The wine is then transferred to stainless steel tanks for 10-15 days in order to allow the lees to precipitate. After stabilization, the unfiltered, final wine was bottled-aged an additional 12 months.
Serve at room temperature as the perfect accompaniment to pork and beef, as well as salmon or other flavorful fish.
2014: 91 Pts - James Suckling, June 2017
2012: 92 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Oct 2016
2012: 89 Pts - Wine Spectator, Web Only 2016
2011: 90 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 2015
2010: 91 Pts - Wine Advocate #212, Apr. 2014
2009: 91 Pts - Vinous, Mar. 2014
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