Terroir: There are few places on earth where magic really happens. The Calchaquí Valley, home of Bodega El Esteco winery, is certainly one of them. This Valley, located at over 6000 feet hidden in the North of Argentina, displays some unique characteristics. Poor alluvial soils; high sun exposure; low humidity; and broad thermal amplitude make the Calchaquí Valley an exceptional wine region.
Vinification: The El Esteco range of wines is oriented to have a personality of great finesse and complexity. Concentrated bunches of small grains are manually harvested early in the morning and put into small bins of 18 kg. Pre-fermentative maceration at 5°C in stainless steel tanks and gentle treatments are carried out during alcoholic fermentation. Utilization of both native and selected yeasts for the fermentation process. Post fermentative maceration total 25 days. Natural malolactic fermentation is carried in both american and french barrels of first, second and third use. Finalizing this process the wine is aged in both American and French barrels for 12 months. A careful selection of barrels is made, looking for light toasted oak in order to accentuate the freshness of the fruit. The wine is bottled unfiltered, and kept at the winery during 6 months.
Dark violet in color with a rich nose of berry, coffee an herb. Mature and vibrant notes combined with firm and sweet tannins. Long persistence, concentrated and elegant.
Score: 90 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Michael Schachner
A concentrated and powerful brew of earthy, roasted berry and plum aromas includes a hint of burnt rubber. This feels thick and blocky, with only modest acidity. Stewy berry flavors come with herbal underpinnings, while this tastes baked on the finish.
Score: 90 PointsWine Spectator Author: Kim Marcus
Minerally, with dense yet refined flavors of dried red berry, currant and hot stone that are bounded by concentrated sanguine accents. Dried beef and sandalwood notes show on the refined finish. Drink now through 2021.
Score: 89 PointsVinous Author: Stephen Tanzer
Bright ruby-red. Slightly roasted aromas of blackberry and dark plum complicated by hints of bitter chocolate and tar. Shows an almost candied dark fruit character but in a distinctly dry and classic package, with no excess weight or ripeness. A touch sweeter and fruitier than the Cabernet but not quite as complex. This very supple, classy Malbec finishes with substantial but very fine-grained tannins and noteworthy fruit persistence.
Score: 92 PointsWine & Spirits Author: Patricio Tapia
Far from the traditional style of heavy, ripe malbec from Salta, this is filled with violet and sour cherry notes, the structure tense, firm and nervy in its acidity. A lively wine to serve with barbecued ribs.
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