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Famiglia Malbec 2021


This wine has an intense, deep purplish color and aromas that offer a freshness yet mineral notes and fruity intensity. Ripe plums, cherries and some spicy notes characteristic of Malbecs from San Rafael are also displayed on the nose. There are also floral notes such as violets, blended with sweet accents of vanilla and chocolate from its oak aging. Initially sweet on the palate, accompanied by soft, ripe tannins, and balanced acidity. This is a complex wine with the same fruity notes as on the nose. Balanced, yet elegant with a very good finish.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
Famiglia Malbec is comprised of grapes from different terroirs. The hand-harvested grapes from San Rafael are from Finca Doña Elisa, located in Rama Caída district; Finca Asti, in Las Paredes district; and Finca Constanza, in the Cuadro Benegas district. These grapes are from micro- terroirs, with a variety of microclimates and alluvial soil compositions. The grapes from Valle de Uco also come from different micro-terroirs -- Gualtallary, Los Chacayes, Los Árboles, Altamira and La Consulta, vineyards, with alluvial soils, located at about 1,203 – 1,312 yards above sea level. Agrelo is another terroir that lends its distinctive characteristics to this Malbec. Fifteen percent of the wine is aged for 8 months in French oak barrels (85% in stainless-steel tanks). The wine then further ages a minimum of 4 months in the bottle.

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

Producer: Bodegas Bianchi
Region: San Rafael, Uco Valley, Mendoza
Country: Argentina
Wine Composition: 93% Malbec, 7% Syrah
Alcohol: 14.4%
Total Acidity: 5.32 G/L
Residual Sugar: 2.7 G/L
pH: 3.71

Press Highlights

2021: 91 Pts - Vinous, Nov 2022
2021: 91 Pts - James Suckling, Mar 2022
2021: 90 Pts - Wine Spectator, Oct 2022
2020: 91 Pts - James Suckling, Feb 2021
2020: 90 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Nov 2022
2019: 91 Pts - James Suckling, Oct 2020
2019: 90 Pts - Vinous, Oct 2020
2018: 92 Pts - James Suckling, Apr 2020
2017: 90 Pts - James Suckling, Mar 2019
2014: 90 Pts - Wine Spectator, Mar 2016
2011: 89 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, May 2014
2010: 90 Pts - Wine Advocate, Dec 2011
2008: 89 Pts - Wine Advocate, Oct 2010
2007: 89 Pts - Wine Spectator, Oct 15, 2009
2006: '5 Stars' - Restaurant Wine Guide, Sept 2008
2005: 89 Pts 'Smart Buy' - Wine Spectator, June 2007
2004: 92 Pts - Wine & Spirits, Feb. 2007

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