The manually-harvested grapes come from vineyards, in San Rafael, Mendoza, at around 750 meters above sea level, on sandy, calcareous soils of alluvial origin – and also from producers associated with the winery. Cold maceration begins at 8° C and lasts 2-3 days. Typical young wine fermentation, with pumpovers specially designed for wines of this category. Daily tasting for evolution of the grape must in fermentation. Use of selected yeasts and controlled temperatures (26-27 °C). Finally, through rigorous tasting, there is a 4-5 day post-fermentation maceration, and the wine then spends 3 months in the bottle.
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.
Ideal with salmon, roasted meats, flavorful fish, pork or beef.
Producer: Bodegas Bianchi
Region: San Rafael, Mendoza
Wine Composition: 100% Malbec
Total Acidity: 5.2 G/L
Residual Sugar: 4.5 G/L
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