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92 pts James Suckling – A stylish and distinctive wine with a delicate earthy quality and rather bright blueberry fruit for a five-year-old wine. Best of all is the mature and silky palate that makes this a great food wine. Drink now.
92 pts Descorchados
91 pts Wine Advocate – The 2013 Las Compuertas Malbec was selected from small plots from the same vineyards in Las Compuertas as the Paso de Piedra, selecting the higher altitude parts of the 15 hectares planted ungrafted a long time ago at some 1,300 meters altitude. It fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts after a cold soak and aged for 12 months in new French oak barrels. There is elegance and subtleness in the nose, classical and balanced, with nicely integrated oak and a lactic touch. There is good freshness from the vintage, with the sweet heart of the Malbec tannins, elegant and polished. All Viña Alicia wines share an elegant, approachable profile. 10,000 bottles were filled in September 2014.
Harvest – This is manually performed, using 12 to 14 kilo plastic cages, to ward against berry damage and protect from contamination. At this stage, two bunch selections have been practiced: the first after flowering and the second when the fruit colored, to discard misshapen, imperfect or insufficiently colored bunches. Only the better exposed, fully ripe and sun kissed berries are harvested. Winery Arrival – Upon arrival at the winery, the third selection of fruit bunches is carried out manually over special tables to separate immature grapes, dry or withered, before proceeding to remove stems. This operation is performed by a machine placed across the opening of the fermentation vessel. Winery Method – A cold maceration is allowed for two days before the onset of fermentation. Only then does alcoholic fermentation begin, thanks to the region’s natural yeasts that bestow terroir character. An extensive maceration follows to enable thorough tannin and polyphenol extraction, crucial for wine longevity. During fermentation 2 to 3 daily mixings are made, with squeezing, to favor transference of these elements to the wine. All these operations are done in a very careful, gentle way. Wood regimen – once alcoholic fermentation ends, the wine is set in new French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation. When this stage concludes, casks are cleaned and wine is kept in the same ones for 12 more months. Bottling – The wine is kept 60 days in a “cold chamber” at very low temperature for stabilization. Then is bottled without filtering, and remains at less 12 months in bottle before being released
to the market.
In the Vineyard: Viña Alicia, Las Compuertas (Luján de Cuyo)
Varietal: 100% Malbec