Friday, August 16, 2013

Bodega Familia Sewell Estado Natural Reserve Malbec

Bodega Familia Sewell Estado Natural Reserve Malbec 2009
La Consulta, Medoza, Argentina

Malbec is quite en vogue these days. Once upon a time it was Merlot, then we saw the age of Shiraz. Now, Malbec is king. This wine reminds me why!

Review: Beautiful! Just beautiful. This wine has strong notes of stewed black cherries, toasty vanilla, and a touch of coffee, chocolate, and earth. It's a 2009 vintage, so it's had time in the bottle to mature -- even after 12 months in oak. The balance of yummy fruit, slightly chewy tannins, and fresh acidity make this wine incredibly food friendly!

This single vineyard reserve Malbec is from the Uco Valley, south of the city of Medoza. According to Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson, the Uco Valley is the most exciting part of Mendoza. If this wine is representative of the region I would definitely agree.  

Food Pairing: Steak. Rare!

Bottom Line: I enjoyed this wine quite a lot. Great depth of flavor and texture - highly recommend!

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2009
  • PLACE: Uco Valley
  • GRAPE: Malbec
  • AGEING: 12 months in French and American oak
  • BOOZE: 13.4% 
  • CELLAR: Drink now, hold for a few years

Where did I get it? Crystal City Wine Shop
What's the damage? High Priced

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