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Valentin Bianchi Malbec 2012


The 2012 Valentin Bianchi Malbec is a deep purple-red color. Aromas of ripe plum, cherries, coffee and hints of vanilla are evident in the nose. The palate is filled with bright fruit with a massive, yet soft and silky, mouthfeel, and a lush, long finish. It is the perfect expression of the highly-praised Malbec grape.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
Considered by many to be the finest varietal grown in Argentina, this 2012 Malbec comes from the Doña Elsa Estate, situated in Ram Caída, San Rafael, Mendoza at 2400 ft. above sea level. Rama Caída is among the coolest areas of San Rafael, with sandy calcareous soil of alluvial origins. The grapes were hand-picked and classically fermented, including maceration for seven days on the skins. The resulting juice was drained, pressed and went through autoclarifying rackings. After spending six months in French and American oak barrels of second and third use, the wine was stabilized, filtered and bottled.

Serving Hints
This wine is ideal to serve with a large variety of foods, especially with meat and hard cheeses.

PRODUCER: Valentin Bianchi S.A.
COUNTRY: Argentina
REGION: San Rafael, Mendoza
GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Malbec
pH: 3.75
ALCOHOL: 14.8%

Press Highlights

2012: “Recommended” - Food and Wine Magazine, Ray Isle,  June 2014
2011: 88 Points "Top Value" - Wine Spectator, November 15, 2013
2010: 88 Points - Wine Advocate #198, Dec. 2011
2009: 89 Points "Best Buy" - Wine Enthusiast, Aug. 2011
2009: 88 Points "New World Value Wines" - Wine Spectator, Oct. 15, 2011

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