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Staff Pick

Carmelo Patti, Malbec - 2015

Item # 25764 750mL
$32.99/ Single Bottle
$197.94 $178.15/ Case of 6
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Grape Variety

Tasting Notes

A rustic Malbec, perhaps inspired by traditional techniques in Southwest France. Only native yeasts are involved with this wine's fermentation and it is aged 12 months in concrete before being transferred to used French oak. The result is a dark brooding style where the spicy oak notes only slightly restrain the boisterous nature of this wine. A wine for a wild, charred steak or slow cooked braise.

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Staff Pick Notes

In the heart of Mendoza’s Lujan de Coyo, Carmelo Patti continues to be one of Argentina’s most respected enologists and winemakers. Coming to the country from Sicily at a very young age, Patti pioneered Mendoza’s fine wine production in the 1980s. Focusing on a more traditional style, Patti allows the terroir and grapes to speak for themselves and only releases his cuvees when he deems them ready; usually this is four to five years after harvest at the earliest. Fermented with native yeasts and aged in concrete for 12 months before being transferred to used oak for another year, this deep ruby Malbec is a full bodied beauty with some gamey and mushroom aromas. Brambly red fruit, oak spice and a little bit of leather on the palate, this is a wine of commanding presence that is a far cry from some of the big, purple Malbecs on the market.


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