Tuesday, January 18, 2011

2008 Antigal UNO Malbec Mendoza Argentina

I know I’ve said this before but man have I got a great gig. A few weeks ago I received a wine sample and press release from Antigal Winery and Estates located in Mendoza Argentina. This sample was a bottle of their 2008 UNO Malbec. I think this may have been one of the nicest Malbecs I’ve had in awhile.

Aromas of spice, earth and plum waft out of the glass. Refined black fruits and more spice hit the palate. The finish carries a hint of vanilla and oak. The wine is medium to full bodied yet retains silky smooth tannins.

UNO is the winery’s limited-production wine. The unique and beautiful bottle would draw anyone’s attention immediately. Arriving in the US around the same time the Malbec craze began, UNO offered a new style of Malbec by substituting multi-layered elegance for the typical powerhouse intensity.

Antigal Winery is located in Maipú, Argentina which has the honor of being called the birthplace of Argentinean wine. Built in 1897 and having gone through many renovations the winery is state-of–the-art with equipment from France and Italy. By using a gravity-flow system the need for forceful pumps and crushers has been eliminated.

The vineyards are located in Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina and benefit from Mendoza’s highest elevations. Planted in strategic locations to take advantage of the snow-melt from the Andes Mountains. Each varietal location was chosen to take advantage of the best growing conditions. High elevations provide hot days and cool nights, high amounts of ultra-violet rays from the sun, and beneficial air circulations. Each contributes to the flavor and aromatics of the grape.

Hand harvested and pruned the pure flavors and aromatics shine through. This wine was truly a wonderful surprise and I hope to have the opportunity to sample more in the Antigal line in the near future.

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