April 2019 Wine Club Red

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THE 2016 BODEGAS SALENTEIN MALBEC RESERVE

The Salentein vineyards in the Uco Valley are at elevations of 3,445 to 5,577 feet above sea level. Chief winemaker José Galante is considered to be one of the most influential enologists in South America. He is also one of the icons of the national modern style of winemaking. Having worked 34 years as the main enologist at Bodega Catena Zapata, where he made memorable wines that became milestones in the industry, he firmly believes that the Uco Valley is the best area in Argentina for producing first-rate wines.

100% of the grapes are hand-harvested and selected before undergoing a gentle de-stemming. From the selection table, the berries go directly to a 450 kg hopper, where they are chilled with dry ice to avoid oxidation, and then are transferred to stainless-steel tanks, without the use of pumps. Cold maceration takes place for 5 days, at temperatures of 7°C to 10°C, with the berries nearly whole, in order to extract aroma and color. Alcoholic fermentation follows for 10 days at temperatures between 26°C and 27°C and maceration continues for 15 more days. The wine is then transferred to French-oak barrels (first, second, and third use) where malolactic fermentation takes place. The wine ages in the barrels for 12 months before bottling, and is held in the cellar six months prior to release.

The wine is medium-ruby red with outstanding aromas of ripe plum, red cherries, and blackberries, as well as delicate floral notes. The palate begins with a sweet and mild entry, quickly followed by a fresh and fruity intensity of flavors. It completely fills the mouth and lingers with a memorable finish.

This wine received the Gold medal at the 2018 Decanter World Wine awards. Critics agree that this wine raises the bar for Argentine Malbecs.

The wine is ready to drink now but will age well for about 10 years. It pairs well with robust pasta dishes, roasted meats, and sharp cheeses.

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