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Sensual Malbec 2017


Attractive purplish hues. This young and vibrant wine has ripe red fruits evident in the nose, with hints violets which define the Malbec wine in this region. The beauty of the Malbec in Argentina is its ability to combine a rich, weighty mouth feel with a soft silkiness normally associated with lighter wines. The fresh fruit flavors on the palate mimic the aromas. The soft, sweet, pleasing taste leads to a fairly long finish, with round tannins and great freshness.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
The grapes for this single-vineyard wine come from Valentin Bianchi’s Doña Elsa Estate, in Rama Caíida, San Rafael, Mendoza, 750 meters above sea level. One of the coolest areas in San Raphael, the soil in Rama Caída is of sandy calcareous composition & alluvial origins. Hand-picked, the grapes are crushed, fermented at controlled temperatures in stainless steel tanks and inoculated with selected yeasts at controlled temperatures of 82.4° F. Very gentle, periodic pumping over is conducted, with 7-10 days’ total maceration & natural stabilization. There is minimal French oak aging (25% of the wine comes in contact with medium-toasted French oak staves for 3 months) in an effort to keep fruit fresh, lively & prominent, with a further 3 month’s aging in the bottle.

Serving Hints
Sensual Malbec is the perfect accompaniment to a wide range of foods, from garlic filled Italian dishes to hearty stews, steaks, burgers and chops.

COUNTRY: Argentina
REGION: San Rafael, Mendoza
GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Malbec
pH: 3.7 g/l
ALCOHOL: 13.3 %

Press Highlights

2009: "Best Buy" Wine Enthusiast, Aug. 2010
2009: "Best Value" Wine Spectator, July. 2010

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