We have previously featured Doña Paula as our Wine of the Month and you responded with great enthusiasm, grabbing cases of the little beauty. The quality-to-price ratio of this 2015 Estate Malbec is undeniable. The grapes are sourced from high altitude vineyards (3600-4400 feet above sea level) in the Uco Valley. Soils are a combination of sandy loam and stony gravel with high calcareous content. The grapes are farmed sustainably, hand-harvested and aged in a combination of new and used French Oak for 12 months.
This wine is very approachable and made in a terrific, crowd-pleasing style. This exceptional value would be enjoyable for your guests at get-togethers and a makes a great everyday house wine. Enjoy!
Intense violet color. On the nose, the aromas of black fruits, violets and spices are enticing. On the palate, blueberries, blackberries and notions of vanilla and baking spices abound. Great balance and freshness in the mouth, with good concentration and very soft tannins. This wine will pair well with red meat or drink deliciously on its own.
WINE ADVOCATE 90 POINTS - "The 2015 Malbec Estate is floral and aromatic, all about violets and blueberries, very much in line with the 2013, which offered great freshness and poise. It's not terribly complex, but it's extremely pleasant and balanced."
Argentina is the fifth largest producer of wine in the world. Argentine wine, as with some aspects of Argentine cuisine, has its roots in Spain. The wines started being exported during the 1990s, and are currently growing in popularity, making it now the largest wine exporter in South America. The most important wine regions of the country are located in the provinces of Mendoza, San Juan and La Rioja. Salta, Catamarca, Río Negro and more recently Southern Buenos Aires are also wine producing regions. The Mendoza province produces more than 60% of the Argentine wine. Due to the high altitude and low humidity of the main wine producing regions, Argentine vineyards rarely face the problems of insects, fungi, molds and other grape diseases that affect vineyards in other countries. This allows cultivating with little or no pesticides, enabling even organic wines to be easily produced. There are many different varieties of grapes cultivated in Argentina, reflecting the country's many immigrant groups. The French brought Malbec, which makes most of Argentina's best known wines. The Italians brought vines that they called Bonarda, although Argentine Bonarda appears to be the Douce noir of Savoie, also known as Charbono in California. It has nothing in common with the light fruity wines made from Bonarda Piemontese in Piedmont. Torrontés is another typically Argentine grape and is mostly found in the provinces of La Rioja, San Juan, and Salta. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Chardonnay and other international varieties are becoming more widely planted.
Malbec is a purple grape variety used in making red wine. The grapes tend to have an inky dark color and robust tannins, and are known as one of the six grapes allowed in the blend of red Bordeaux. The French plantations of Malbec are now found primarily in Cahors in South West France. It is increasingly celebrated as an Argentine varietal wine and is being grown around the world. The Malbec grape is a thin-skinned grape and needs more sun and heat than either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot to mature. It ripens mid-season and can bring very deep color, ample tannin, and a particular plum-like flavor component. As a varietal, Malbec creates a rather inky red (or violet), intense wine, so it is also commonly used in blends.