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    Casarena Malbec "Naoki's Vineyard" '17


    Casarena Malbec "Naoki's Vineyard" '17

    Every wine has a time and a place. 

    When it comes to the full-bodied reds of Argentina, that time and place is often a carnivore’s dream. With Labor Day coming up, and grilling season still in high gear, I thought what better wine to include in this month’s wine club, than a fantastic single-vineyard Malbec from Argentina. 

    Casarena is a well regarded estate located in Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza. Its winemaker, Leandro Azin works with old-vine fruit, and does so in a way that produces varietally correct, balanced wines that way overdeliver for their price point.

    At the top of the range of Casarena, are three single vineyard varietal wines. The top Malbec comes from Naoki’s Vineyard, a young-vine vineyard in Agrelo, planted in limestone soil at 3120 feet of elevation. 

    The grapes are hand harvested, undergo a 7-10 day cold maceration, with a total maceration time of almost 45 days. It is aged in French oak barrels before bottling and further aging. 

    The 2017 is really singing right now, showing off aromatics that display both varietal character as well as that limestone soil. On the nose, notes of dark berry fruit, violets, crushed mineral and spice can be found. The palate carries considerable weight without feeling heavy, with a soft, silky quality up front, finishing with spice and soft tannins.

    Whether you are grilling up some dry aged rib eye or ancho spice rubbed lamb loin chops, this will be a great match. 




    Producer Casarena


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