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Vina Alicia Paso de Piedra Malbec

Vina Alicia ‘Paso de Piedra’ Malbec 2017

About this Wine

Indulge in the Vina Alicia ‘Paso de Piedra’ Malbec 2017, an exquisite representation of Argentina’s most iconic grape. Born from the prestigious vineyards of Argentina, famed for their ideal terroir for Malbec, the 2017 vintage is renowned for producing wines of exceptional depth and character. The ‘Paso de Piedra’ label is a testament to Vina Alicia’s commitment to excellence, blending traditional winemaking practices with modern techniques to create a wine that embodies the spirit of Argentinian viticulture.

The ‘Paso de Piedra’ Malbec is not just a wine; it’s an experience. Each bottle tells a story of the meticulous care and passion that goes into creating a wine that is both a pleasure to the palate and a tribute to its origins.

Technical Notes

  • Grape Variety: 100% Malbec.
  • Vineyard Location: Sourced from select vineyards in Argentina, known for their ideal conditions for cultivating Malbec grapes.
  • Soil Type: The vineyards feature a mix of soil types, contributing to the grapes’ complexity. These soils are typically well-drained, aiding in the concentration of the grapes’ flavors.
  • Climate: The 2017 vintage was characterized by a climate that favored the growth of Malbec, providing the necessary balance of warm days and cool nights for optimal ripening.
  • Harvesting: Hand harvesting ensures that only the best quality grapes are selected. The focus is on picking the grapes at the perfect point of ripeness to capture the ideal balance of sugars, acids, and flavors.
  • Fermentation: Fermentation occurs under controlled temperatures in stainless steel tanks, allowing for the preservation of the Malbec’s characteristic fruity flavors and aromas.
  • Aging: Aged in oak barrels, the wine develops additional complexity and depth, while maintaining the balance between the oak and the wine’s natural flavors.
  • Alcohol Content: Around 13.5-14.5%, striking a balance that enhances the wine’s overall character and structure.
  • Tasting Profile: Displays a deep ruby color. Aromas of ripe blackberries and plums mingle with vanilla and earthy notes. On the palate, the wine offers dark fruit flavors, accented with cocoa, leather, and a hint of spice. The texture is smooth and full-bodied, with supple tannins and a lingering, elegant finish.
  • Bottling: Bottled with minimal filtration to retain the integrity of the Malbec’s flavor and the wine’s connection to its terroir.

Scores & Reviews

93 pts James Suckling

An attractive red with notes of blackberries, black tea and tar. Full-bodied with a velvety texture and a plush core of fruit on the palate. Focused with outstanding balance and a long finish. Drink now.

92 pts Vinous (JH)

A Malbec from Las Compuertas, Luján de Cuyo, 50% aged in used barrels for six months. Purple in color. The nose features cherry, plum and raisin notes wrapped around an aromatic core of white pepper, black tea and violets. Concentrated without being overly compressed, it is expansive on the palate, delivering moderate freshness and gentle, fine-grained tannins. It was this kind of easygoing, expressive Malbec that made the variety so popular in Argentina and beyond.

Tasting Notes

The Arizu family have been grape growers and viticultural pioneers in Argentina for 5 generations. Think of them as the ‘Mondavis of Mendoza.’ They own the oldest producing Malbec vineyard in Mendoza –planted over 150 years ago – the Las Compuertas vineyard, situated on the banks of the Mendoza River. These vines are so old, that about 15 years ago random plants in underwent a transformation/mutation and came out of the dormant season as a new species of DNA seen nowhere else on earth. Different leaf shape – different bunch sizes and smaller berries, etc. A small bottling is done with fruit from those rogue vines – named Brote Negro Malbec, while the remaining 98% of this vineyard makes 2 different wines – the Las Compuertas Malbec, off the sand lower yielding soils, and this – the Paso De Piedra Malbec of heavier, higher yielding clay soils. Imagine vines over 150 years of age, producing a wine that retails for less than $20.

Gregg – Buyer (November 2020) – Aromatically the 2017 Paso de Piedra Malbec shows lovely fruit purity with the black berry fruit given some lift by subtle floral notes. Medium fuller to fuller bodied, the dark berry fruit is nuanced with some savory tones while the palate feel is plush and supple with finer grained tannins playing off nicely against the wine’s juiciness. Showing well as we speak this should hold up nicely over the next 2-3 years.

John – Partner (November 2020) – Demonstrating that old school restraint and elegance can indeed combine with new world opulence and power. Impressive dark fruits, with underlying savory edginess and slight hint of fresh violets on the nose. Palate is concentrated and expansive, without being overbearing and oppressive – ample weight, but not a sledgehammer, retaining good drive and focus and even lift. Gorgeous, silky smooth tannins on the finish. Perhaps a little too easy to drink. Sexy wine!

In the Vineyard: Vineyard. Viña Alicia, Las Compuertas (Luján de Cuyo)

Varietal: 100% Malbec


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