Bodega y Cavas de Weinert, Estate Malbec, 2010

$29.99

The vineyards for the Weinert Malbec are situated in Lujan de Cuyo and Maipu, in the districts of Drummond, Lunlunta, Agrelo, Perdriel, Ugarteche, Coquimbito and Russell. Only vines that have not been grafted can give grapes for Weinert Carrascal. Fermentation takes place in concrete vats for 7-9 days with the skins, then 5-10 days without skins. The wine spends a minimum of 2 years in European oak casks of 2000 to 6000 lbs. After blending, the wine ages for a minimum of 4 months in concrete vats.

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Bodega y Cavas de Weinert

Often classic is thought to mean a wine that is judged over a period of time to be the highest quality, outstanding for its kind. But more often it really means wines that are of an elemental, elegant style that don't allow themselves to be subject to change in fashion. In regions with hundreds of years of winemaking tradition classic wines pervade, but when searching the younger wine regions that search can become more difficult.

It’s safe to say that in California we’ve been able to find producers we think create timeless wine. Cain Vineyards in Napa and Peay Vineyards in Sonoma Coast are two great examples, just to name a few. And like those two wineries who have crystalized an everlasting style, so has Bodegas y Cavas de Weinert in Argentina.

If you are skeptical that there are wines from Argentina that will impress even the most conservative palate, you need to try the wines of Bodegas Weinert. What makes them classic? For one, they do not allow their style to be influenced by group-think that sweeps through industry on a regular basis. A key to their style is aging in large barrels of 2,000-6,000 liters and extended bottle maturation. This was traditional prior to the 1970’s but has since been done away with in favor of the more fruit-forward and oak-influenced style that now defines most of the Mendoza wines. Only a handful of producers, like Carmelo Patti and Bodegas Lopéz (not available in the U.S.), still make their wine that way.

What you get in the glass are wines that are somewhere between textbook Medoc and old-school Rioja; at once nobel and seamless, but not without a definite dusty cowboy sensibility. These are sensational wines to have with a meal but can still be easily contemplated on their own. Even better, blind your more persnickety drinking partners on them and watch them gawk when they discover these are from Argentina. One is for certain, these are undeniably delicious wines.

Details

  • Country

    Argentina

  • Region

    Argentina

  • Grape Variety

    Malbec

  • Vintage

    2010

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Sustainable

  • Style

    Floral , Fruity , Funky

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Medium Bodied