ALAMOS 2013 MALBEC
This is the fourth wine being reviewed in a series of five tasted at a luncheon with Alamos winemaker Felipe Stahlschmidt and brand ambassador Tatiana Nessier. All of these wines are available in Canada but not all are available in every province.
During our greetings and introductions, I poked fun at Felipe about a quote he makes on the Alamos website: “Malbec and Mendoza are a marriage made in heaven! Our beautiful high altitude climate produces Malbec that are rich, exuberant and full of character.” Having spent time tasting Malbec with Felipe and Tatiana it is easy to catch their enthusiasm and love they show for their wine. Yes indeed. High altitude produced Malbec wines from Mendoza are often a heavenly and heady combination.
From the winery:
A classically Argentine wine, our Alamos Malbec blends the deeply concentrated plum flavours of the country’s signature variety – Malbec – with small portions of Syrah and Bonarda to add dark cherry and blackberry flavours. Well-integrated hints of brown spice and vanilla contribute layers of complexity. A full structure, firm tannins and a long finish make this Malbec unforgettable.
The grapes four our Malbec were handpicked, destemmed and crushed. Prior to fermentation, the must was cold soaked for 72-hours. Fermentation occurred in upright and conical tanks for one week at 85F/29.5C. Throughout fermentation, this wine underwent malolactic fermentation to create a round mouthfeel before eight months of aging in a combination of French and American oak.
My Tasting Notes:
The wine is a dark ruby red and opens with a generous if not lush aromas of plum and cheery. It is followed with a swath of sweet black plum, currant and a touch of vanilla and spice on the palette. There is an elegant quality to this wine that is perfectly balanced. The Syrah (6%) and Bonarda (4%) components have brought on additional brightness and liveliness. This Malbec shows excellent quality for the price (QPR).
My Impression: 89-Points
Tasted on May 12, 2015