ALAMOS 2012 MENDOZA SELECCION MALBEC
This is the fifth and final review for wine from Alamos tasted at a luncheon with winemaker Felipe Stahlschmidt and brand ambassador Tatiana Nessier. All of these wines are available in Canada but not all are available in every province.
The Alamos Seleccion Malbec is the pinnacle of our portfolio. Tucked under the massive shoulders of the Andes Mountains in west central Argentina, the province of Mendoza is renowned for housing some of the best winegrowing regions in the world. The character of Medoza wines is forged in the high altitude desert vineyards irrigated by mineral-rich snowmelt from glaciers and snowfields. Altitudes range from 1,000 feet to around 5,000 feet, where the foothills rise steeply toward the Andes’ peaks. High altitude means cool temperatures and clear air, and clear air means more sunlight for building flavour in the grapes, helping make Mendoza the source of Argentina’s well-earned reputation for top quality, unique wines.
The grapes were handpicked, destemmed and crushed prior to a three- to four-day cold soak. The grapes were fermented in upright and conical tanks for six to eight days at 85F/29.5C, and the remained in contact with the skins for up to 25 days to enhance the extraction of flavour and color. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation and was aged in combination of medium and medium plus toasted French and American oak for nine to 12 months before the final blend was assembled.
My Tasting Notes:
The wine is approachable from the start. A dark ruby red that opens with black and red berry aromas and with a touch of vanilla in the finish. Supple, with balanced and well-structured flavors of currant, dried cherry and pepper. There’s an elegant mid-palate creaminess to this wine’s vintage and finishes off with a spiced finish. Drink now to 2019.
I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Felipe and Tatiana. Listening to Felipe talk about his love for wine and the expressions the wine produced from Mendoza was fascinating and an experience I will always remember, very engaging indeed.
My Impression: 89-Points
Tasted on May 12, 2015