2011 Graffito Malbec Mendoza
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Malbec
88 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2013
(reportedly from 103-year-old vines; 70% new oak): Bright medium ruby. Slightly porty aromas of redcurrant, chocolate and exotic spices. Supple and very ripe but not overly sweet, with redcurrant and mocha flavors lifted on the back end by pepper and herb nuances. No shortage of brightness or flavor interest. The chocolatey oak component is apparent on the finish. Winemaker Jimena Lopez previously was in charge of making red wines at Bodegas Norton.
Until the early 1990s, Argentina's wine industry was focused inward, as the local market's thirst was sufficient to absorb the huge quantities of everyday drinking wine produced there. But with per-capita consumption in the domestic market in sharp decline since the mid-1970s, Argentina's wine producers realized that they had to look to export markets to remain in business, and winemaking in Argentina began its transformation.
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The Malbec grape may have originated in southwest France, where it still is grown under the name Cot. However, the grape's international profile has surged not because of what's going on in France, but rather because of current trends in Argentina.
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