Finca Adalgisa Malbec
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Finca Adalgisa Malbec - 2012

Item # 40363 750mL
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Tasting Notes

Not your typical full-bodied Malbec. Instead, you'll find elegant red fruit, spice and moderate alcohol. This comes from a micro winery that is located in Chacras de Coria and has a small boutique hotel in the vineyard. The 3 hectare estate goes back 3 generations within the Furlotti family and was planted in 1916, 100% to malbec. They only produce 1 wine which is made by famed winemaker Carmello Patti who focuses on balance and terroir.

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Staff Pick Notes

Although Argentina's wine history dates back 400 years, it's considered part of the New World, and styles generally skew toward big and bold. At Adalgisa, however, they have an entirely different sensibility. The winery was founded by the Ferlotti family in the early 1900s and has remained a small, family run operation. So small in fact that they make only one wine, but what a wine it is! The grapes come from 100-year-old vines grown at 3000 ft and are hand harvested. Renowned winemaker Carmelo Patti, whose hands-off approach has earned him a cult-like following, uses native yeast and ages the wine 2 years in barrel and 1 in bottle before its released. There's beautiful ripe cherry and strawberry notes with an underlying dried-leaf earthiness. Light and elegant, it's almost Burgundian, definitely a wine with an Old World soul.


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