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Elsa Bianchi Malbec 2017


A very attractive color with a purplish hue, typical of this young variety. Aromas of ripe red fruits predominate, with a floral touch of violets that is characteristic of the Malbec from this region. In addition, due to the characteristics of our soil, some fresh, mineral notes can be found which add further youth and liveliness to this wine. Talking about Malbec means the palate begins with round tannins, medium structure, great freshness and elegance. All these qualities make up an elegant, balanced wine that can be served with any kind of food.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
The grapes for this single-vineyard wine come from Valentin Bianchi’s Doña Elsa Estate, situated in Rama Caída, San Rafael, Mendoza, around 2500 feet above sea level. One of the coolest areas in San Rafael, the soil in Rama Caída is of sandy calcareous composition and alluvial origins. Hand-picked and twice sorted by hand, the grapes are crushed, fermented at controlled temperatures in stainless steel tanks and inoculated with selected yeasts. Very gentle, periodic pumping over is conducted, with seven days total maceration and natural stabilization. There is minimal French oak aging in an effort to keep fruit fresh, lively and prominent, with a further one month’s aging in the bottle.

Interesting Facts
Elsa Bianchi wines are named after Dona Elsa, the late grandmother of the current Bianchi owners, who started the winery with her husband. Her first home, a small “casa,” still sits among the vineyards that also bear her name.

Serving Hints
Elsa Malbec is the perfect accompaniment to a wide range of foods, such as salmon or other flavorful fish, pork and beef.

PRODUCER: Valentin Bianchi S.A.
COUNTRY: Argentina
REGION: San Rafael, Mendoza
GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Malbec
pH: 3.7
ALCOHOL: 13.3%

Press Highlights

2013: “Best Buy” - Wine & Spirits, June 2014
2012: “Best Buy” - Wine Enthusiast, April 2014
2011: 90 Pts - Wine Advocate #203, October 2012
2011: “Best Buy”  - Wine Enthusiast
2010: “Best Buy” - Wine Enthusiast, November 2012
2008: “Best Value” - Wine Spectator, June 30, 2009
2008: “Best Buy” - Wine Enthusiast, Aug 2009
2008: “Top 100” - Wine & Spirits, Oct 2009

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