Mendel Unus 2014
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Winemaker Notes :
Dark red in color with bright violet hues, this Malbec offers an intense and elegant nose. Before the wine is swirled in the glass, it displays strong fresh fruits aromas such as black cherries, plums, blackberries and cassis; after swirling, notes of pink pepper, cedar, chocolate, tobacco and vanilla arise. The wine is well-balanced and thick with ripe and round tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon contributes firm tannins and spices, Malbec builds adds body as well as fruit expression and roundness, and Petit Verdot provides firm structure and licorice flavors. It is a fine wine whose acidity gives it freshness and balance, resulting in a distinguished blend with great cellaring potential.
Blend: 65% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot
|Region||Argentina, Mendoza, Lujan de Cuyo|
Vinous(aged for 16 months in all new French oak): Bright dark ruby. Deep, brooding aromas of blackcurrant, boysenberry, licorice, espresso and sweet oak, all lifted by violet and minerals. At once powerful and seamless, with harmonious acidity providing terrific definition and lift to the densely packed flavors of dark berries, flowers, licorice and spices. A more vibrant and penetrating wine than the 2015 Mendoza Malbec, conveying an impression of chalky energy. Finishes long and lively, with firm tannins to support a graceful evolution in bottle.
Wine EnthusiastRugged licorice and black fruit aromas include a note of barnyard animal in this wine. How tolerable the palate is depends on your ability to process rock-hard tannins. Its blackened berry and toast flavors are compact, feeling rough and heavily toasted through the finish. Drink through 2025.