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Famiglia Malbec 2017


A deep and intense violet color. Fresh, with mineral notes. Aromas of ripe plum, cherry and spice which are typical of Malbecs from San Rafael – along with hints of vanilla and chocolate (due to aging in oak barrels). Initially sweet on the palate, with smooth but persistent and ripe tannins. Very balanced acidity, with the same fruity notes that are in the nose. Elegant and balanced finish.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
This 2017 Malbec comes from three vineyards. Finca Doña Elsa, situated in Ram Caída district (among the coolest areas of San Rafael); Finca Asti, from Las Paredes district; and Finca Constanza, located in Cuadro Benegas district. This wine is a true Malbec blend of different terroirs from San Rafael, with soils of variable composition and diverse microclimates, which enable complex aromas and flavors. The soils have alluvial origin, and are poor in organic material. Some of vineyard areas have a major presence of rocks with calcareous sediments that give certain notes of minerality (like Dona Elsa). The grapes were hand- picked and classically fermented, with periodic pump-over and three weeks’ maturation on skins. Fermentation was completed at controlled temperatures not exceeding 28° C. The wine then spent eight months in French Oak barrels. After bottling, the wine was aged an additional four months before release.

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

Producer: Bodegas Bianchi
Region: San Rafael, Mendoza
Country: Argentina
Wine Composition: 100% Malbec
Alcohol: 13.6%
Total Acidity: 5.18 G/L
Residual Sugar: 2.65 G/L
pH: 3.74

Press Highlights

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 1, 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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