2011 Valle de Uco Malbec
Dark as night
We don’t often bring you Malbecs, but when we do, they are wines that have blown us away. That’s absolutely the case with today’s 93 Pt. Bodega Atamisque 2011 Valle de Uco Malbec.
Today’s wine is a super, midnight dark red in the glass, a clear sign of the richly layered flavors to come. Almost voluptuous flavor notes of deep blackberry, sweet plum, and dusty summer earth leap out of the glass to greet you, with the intense and layered flavor profile a clear sign of the high-elevation mountain fruit that went into today’s wine.
Today’s wine + charcoal grill + meat of your choice = a recipe for a PERFECT summer evening. Cheers!
Super dark, inky plum, nearly to a perfectly opaque black.
Rich and deeply layered, with ripe dark berries mingling with aged leather, dusty summer earth, fresh violets, toasty dark baking spices, and pipe tobacco.
Lush, almost voluptuous flavors slowly cascade across your palate after your first sip. Notes of blackberry and sweet plum shine through, joined by hints of black licorice, saddle leather, espresso bean, dark chocolate, and sweet tobacco leaf.
Incredibly elegant and intense in the same moment, with fantastic structure and well integrated tannins. Please decant for the best drinking experience.
Sage-rubbed beef tenderloin, grilled on charcoal with mesquite wood chips to add a slight smoky complexity to the dish.
What the Winery Says
Color: Intense ruby red with hints of purple Aromas: Notes of violets, mature blackberries, figs and dried black fruits, with a subtle hint of coffee and tobacco. Palate: Full-bodied with lush blackberries and plum flavors. Great structure and perfect balance make this wine both elegant and intense.
Atamisque Malbec comes from an 80-year-old vineyard located in the La Consulta area, one of the best Malbec-growing regions in the world. The vineyard stands at 3,600 feet high, enjoying a privileged sun exposure and cool temperatures that allow the grapes to have a perfect ripening. The grapes are hand picked and selected in a sorting table. The winery is designed based on gravity-flow winemaking techniques. Temperature controlled fermentation is done in small stainless steel tanks. Finally the wine is aged in new French oak barrels (Taransud & Demptos) for 14 months before bottling.
- Philippe Caraguel
- 93 Points - Robert Parker
- Mendoza, Argentina
- Fruit Variety
- 100% Malbec
- 14 months in 100% French oak
- Vineyard Elevation
- 4,270 feet
- Vineyard Age
- 80 years old
About the Winery
Only stone reveals the soul of the land.
In the Uco Valley, in the district of San José of Tupungato, on Route 86, famously known as the “Ruta del Vino” or “Wine Route”, appears the “Atamisque” estate. At the entrance, a grove of poplars welcomes visitors. The main entry is behind a stone wall. Here, one can grasp entirely the rich diversity of this philosophically interesting project. The owners John and Chantal Du Monceau invite you to discover and to enjoy the harmony between leisure, recreation and the sound of nature.