Mendel Malbec 2017
|Region||Argentina, Mendoza, Lujan de Cuyo|
VinousBright saturated ruby. Deep, ripe aromas of blackberry, tropical dark chocolate and licorice, plus a subtle note of spicy oak (one-third new French for 12 months). Rich, sappy, mouthfilling Malbec with a chocolatey ripeness but also harmonious framing acidity to its dark fruit flavors. Boasts an obvious old-vines creaminess and depth (the vines are 91 years of age) and opens out horizontally on the back end, finishing with refined tannins and rising floral length. A distinctly European style of Malbec without any heaviness.
Wine AdvocateThe dry and clean 2017 Malbec is more structured and concentrated than the 2016, with notes of black fruit, but it keeps the freshness. It's approachable, and the oak is nicely integrated, always in used barrels and now in larger-volume ones to minimize the impact of the wood in the wine. It's a step up from the Lunta in concentration, volume and depth, but it follows the same classical, balanced and approachable profile. It comes from different plots of the same vineyard, and the wines behave differently. 80,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in February 2019.
Wine SpectatorThis shows good structure and depth to the mineral-infused dark plum, cherry tart and dried berry flavors, backed by lively acidity. Spice and chocolate notes emerge on the finish. Drink now through 2021. 2,000 cases made, 2,000 cases imported.