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Particular Malbec 2018


Deep purple hues and attractive magenta highlights. On the nose, there are black fruit aromas such as ripe plum, spices, vanilla, dark chocolate and smoke from its oak aging. On the palate, it is percieved as sweet, due to its velvety, yet strong tannins, which will permit the wine to continue aging into the next decade. Particular Malbec is a complex and harmonious wine of good acidity, great structure, and volume. It has a persistent finish, and aging potential of up to 15 years.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
The grapes come for Particular Malbec come from Valentin Bianchi's 3-year-old Finca Asti Vineyards, situated in las Paredes, San Rafael, in shallow rocky soils that sit over 820 yards above sea level. These vineyards are covered with slightly calcareous layers of stones that transmit mineral notes to the wine. The grapes are hand-harvested. Before destemming, all unripe or compromised fruit and leaves are carefully eliminated by hand. Once in the fermenting tanks, most of the grapes are cold-macerated for 4 days, followed by fermentation where temperature and time of pump-over are constantly monitored over a period of three weeks. Upon completing fermentation, the wine is left in contact with the must for approximately 10 days (as determined by daily tank tastings). The wine is aged 12 months in French oak barrels and then transferred to stainless steel tanks for 10-15 days in order to allow the lees to precipetate. After stabilization, the unfiltered wine is bottle-aged an additional 12 months.

Serving Hints
Serve at room temperature as the perfect accompaniment to pork and beef, as well as salmon or other flavorful fish.

Producer: Bodegas Bianchi
Region: San Rafael, Mendoza
Country: Argentina
Wine Composition: 96% Malbec 4% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 14.9%
Total Acidity: 5.5 G/L
Residual Sugar: 2.5 G/L
pH: 3.7

Press Highlights

2018: 92 Pts - Vinous, Oct 2020
2017: 90 Pts - Vinous, Oct 2020
2014: 91 Pts - James Suckling, June 2017
2012: 92 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Oct 2016
2012: 89 Pts - Wine Spectator, Web Only 2016
2011: 90 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 2015
2010: 91 Pts - Wine Advocate #212, Apr. 2014
2009: 91 Pts - Vinous, Mar. 2014
2009: 90+ Pts Wine Advocate #198, Dec. 2011
2008: 91 Pts - Wine Advocate #203, Oct. 2012
2007: 90 Pts - Wine Spectator, Nov. 2009
2007: 89 Pts - Wine Advocate, Aug. 2009
2006: 89+ Pts - Wine Advocate, Dec. 2008
2004 90 Pts - Wine News, Mar. 2007
2003: 91 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Jul 2005


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