Vinalba Gran Reserva Malbec Mendoza 2015
ZING! We are ALWAYS looking for great Argentinian Malbecs, but honestly, maybe because we’re so dang picky, we don’t see too many that get our juices flowing or that we can work out a head-spinning price on. BUT NOT TODAY!! No, no, we hit all the buttons today and the juice is flowing freely!! Fifteen bucks??!!
Vinalba is the newest project of Hervé J. Fabre, born in Bordeaux, who arrived in Argentina in the early 1990s when Malbec was viewed as little more than a blending partner. Today he is one of the leaders in the region, and this is shockingly delicious wine for $15. How does he do it? We don’t ask, we just buy as much as we can when we can get it for a price like this. This has dark, plummy fruit AND a fresh bright red berry personality, that with air opens up and spreads across your mouth with toasted spices, flowers and clove/vanilla bean chiming in. With its freshness and depth, it's the perfect drink-me-all-day wine, a wine begging for carb-filled deliciousness (pizza, sure, but what about calzones? Crepes? Bruschetta, stromboli, quesadillas...someone please stop us…) and all manner of grilled things. Screaming good bargain --- while it lasts…!
Technical DetailsCountry: Argentina
Varietal: 100% Malbec
Aging/Cooperage: The grapes are harvested throughout April by hand into small trays of 20kg to prevent damage and then meticulously sorted in order to select the best grapes for this wine. Cold maceration takes for 5 days followed by fermentation in temperature controlled tanks at 26-28° with 4 pump overs per day and a period of 20 days of maceration. 100% in French oak for 12 months.
About The Producer
Hervé J. Fabre, born in Bordeaux, arrived in Argentina in the early 1990s when Malbec was viewed as little more than a blending partner. Seeing the incredible potential of the Argentine terroir, Hervé bought a number of Argentina’s oldest Malbec vineyards (planted in 1908) and in 1992 he built his first winery, Fabre Montmayou, in Luján de Cuyo, near Mendoza.
After identifying a number of different vineyard sites in the Valle de Uco which offered perfect conditions for Malbec and other varieties, Hervé launched Viñalba in 2007 producing wines which are the most faithful expression of these terroirs.
Hervé is constantly exploring new styles of Malbec-based wines, meticulously crafting the wines from the vineyard to the winery to ensure that every step of the process is carried out to his instruction.
His wife Diane takes control once the wine is ready to be shipped to customers. She looks after everything from corks to customers and beyond. It is this partnership which brings Viñalba to life!
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