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Vina Alicia Las Compuertas Malbec 2018

About this Wine

Discover the exquisite Vina Alicia Las Compuertas Malbec 2018, a true gem from Argentina’s celebrated wine country. This exceptional Malbec, hailing from the renowned Las Compuertas vineyards, captures the essence of the 2018 vintage – a year that will be remembered for its excellent balance of climatic conditions, ideal for cultivating grapes with depth and complexity. Nestled in the heart of Mendoza, these vineyards benefit from a unique terroir, high altitude, and expert cultivation, all contributing to the creation of a wine that is both robust and refined.

Vina Alicia is synonymous with exceptional quality and meticulous winemaking. The Las Compuertas Malbec 2018 is a testament to this, showcasing the winery’s dedication to producing wines that are true expressions of their origin. This Malbec is not just a beverage; it’s a carefully crafted experience that highlights the varietal’s full potential.

Technical Notes

  • Grape Variety: 100% Malbec.
  • Vineyard Location: The grapes are sourced from the Las Compuertas vineyards in Mendoza, Argentina, known for their high altitude and unique terroir.
  • Soil Type: The soil in these vineyards is predominantly alluvial, with a mix of clay, silt, and rock, providing excellent drainage and contributing to the concentration of flavors in the grapes.
  • Climate: The 2018 vintage benefited from a balanced climate, with ideal conditions for slow and even ripening of the grapes, enhancing their complexity and depth of flavor.
  • Harvesting: Grapes are hand-harvested at optimal maturity, ensuring the highest quality of fruit selection with a focus on maintaining the balance of natural sugars and acidity.
  • Fermentation: Fermentation is carried out in temperature-controlled tanks, with careful management to preserve the fruit’s natural flavors and aromas.
  • Aging: The wine is aged in oak barrels for a period, which adds complexity, depth, and subtle oak nuances without overwhelming the fruit’s natural flavors.
  • Alcohol Content: Typically around 13.5-14.5%, perfectly balanced to enhance the wine’s overall flavor profile.
  • Tasting Profile: Presents a deep violet color. The nose offers a rich blend of dark fruits like blackberries and plums, complemented by vanilla, cocoa, and floral hints. On the palate, flavors of dark cherries and blackcurrants are interwoven with chocolate, spice, and leather notes. The wine is full-bodied with smooth tannins and crisp acidity, leading to a long, elegant finish.
  • Bottling: Bottled with minimal filtration to maintain the integrity and character of the wine.

Scores & Reviews

94 pts Descorchados

Although the alcohol in this wine is high, the warm sensation—that sweetish, even cloying or outright burning sensation—that it might produce just doesn’t exist here. On the contrary, this is a refreshing wine. It does have ripe flavors, but there’s enough acidity here as well as tannins to keep it all in balance—and for many more years to come. An excellent display of the house style. This malbec comes from a 150-year-old vineyard in the Las Compuertas zone on the northern terrace of the Mendoza River.

91 points James Suckling

Tasting Notes

Pouring a glass of Vina Alicia Las Compuertas Malbec 2018, you are immediately captivated by its deep, rich violet hue. On the nose, this wine presents an enticing bouquet of aromas: ripe dark fruits like blackberries and plums blend with subtle undertones of vanilla, cocoa, and a delicate hint of floral notes, creating a complex and inviting profile.

The palate of Las Compuertas Malbec 2018 is a revelation of sophistication and depth. Lush flavors of dark cherries and blackcurrants are beautifully interlaced with notes of chocolate, spice, and a touch of leather. The wine’s full-bodied texture is perfectly balanced with smooth tannins and a crisp acidity, culminating in a finish that is long, satisfying, and echoes the elegance of Argentinian Malbec.

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