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Bodega Familia Blanco 2017 'B' Mendoza Malbec Blend

94 Points
Descorchados
dryness
acidity
tannin
body
fruit

Mission Codename B-yond

“Make room in your cellar.” - Descorchados

So, the big, chunky, embossed metal “B” is for da bomb? Baller? Blingin’, bonkers, bodacious.. use your imagination.

What we have here today is above and BEYOND in the must gotta-have-it department. Especially with a fat 60% discount.

We could just leave it at “26 bucks for a 94 pointer” yet there’s so much more to tell…

“Great wine is the perfect link connecting the best work of nature with the best work of man.” claims consulting winemaker Giuseppe Franceschini. From pristine vineyards soaring way over 3,000 feet in the Andes, the terroir of the Ugarteche district of Luján de Cuyo is singular in the whole wide world, first of all. The high elevation means intense, long sunshine hours above the clouds, pristine snowmelt feeding the roots, and a cool mountain microclimate with dramatic temperature swings between night and day, providing freshness to the wines.

That rugged, picturesque landscape yields a wonderful wine packed with boysenberry, blueberry, fig, black tea, licorice, melted chocolate, and graphite. Amazingly expressive aromas come roaring out of the glass. A dark, pure red emerges with one big sip, featuring bright acidity to prop up the cassis and wild berry notes weaved throughout layered spices and loamy tannins. Mouthcoating, with a long, structured finish, is a beautiful expression of modern-day Mendoza. An equally layered and well-detailed roasted cut of meat or game with dried fruits and fresh herbs would do nicely.

Before you go load up, here’s a fun geek fact: This has 11% up-and-coming Bonarda, Argentina’s “other” red grape that is building a quality reputation as Malbec’s playful, laid-back cousin. It adds complexity to this blend here, with brighter red and blue fruit tones, while another addition of 15% Cabernet beefs up the structure and breadth.

Malbec blends this good are rare birds. We were able to grab only a couple of the few barrels made, will go fast.

94 Points – Descorchados

“This is a selection of the best barrels (from the best plots) of Familia Blanco in Ugarteche, and it is made up of 74% Malbec, 11% Bonarda, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Cabernet Franc. And although it has been aged in barrels for about 15 months, oak is only a complement amid delicious, juicy, tense fruit. This has the potential to further develop for a while, so make room in your cellar.”

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Bodega Familia Blanco 2017 'B' Mendoza Malbec Blend 750ml Wine Label
Bodega Familia Blanco 2017 'B' Mendoza Malbec Blend 750ml Wine Label
dryness
acidity
tannin
body
fruit
Look

Resembles plum skin, purple and blue, with deeper swirls of black cherry within

Smell

Boysenberry, blueberry, fig, black tea, licorice, melted chocolate, and graphite

Taste

Dark, pure, bright, cassis and wild berry weaved throughout layered spices and loamy tannins

Finish

Mouthcoating, with a long, structured finish, is a beautiful expression of modern-day Mendoza

Pairing

An equally layered and well-detailed roasted cut of meat or game with dried fruits and fresh herbs

What the Winery Says 2017 'B' Mendoza Malbec Blend

Bodega Familia Blanco
Bodega Familia Blanco
Consulting winemaker
Giuseppe Franceschini
Winemaker
Ernesto Bajda
Varietals
74% Malbec, 11% Bonarda, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc
Vintage
2017
Appellation
Ugarteche, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza
Alcohol
14.5%
Elevation
3,182 - feet above sea level
Soils
Alluvium, silt, rocky with scarce organic matter
Training
Pergola and high espalier
Total acidity
5,85 g/L
Aging
15 months
Barrels
100% new French oak
Production
8 barrels

About the Winery Bodega Familia Blanco

Bodega Familia Blanco Winemaker Giuseppe Franceschini
Bodega Familia Blanco Winemaker Giuseppe Franceschini
Bodega Familia Blanco 2017 'B' Mendoza Malbec Blend 750ml Wine Bottle
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Bodega Familia Blanco 2017 'B' Mendoza Malbec Blend 750ml Wine Bottle
Offer Expired Jul 28, 2021 at 11:59 pm
$00.00
Price Redacted
$65.00
Elsewhere