2014 Casarena Malbec, Naoki’s Vineyard, Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina

2014 Casarena Malbec, Naoki’s Vineyard, Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina

$34.95 $29.95

Description

The Holy “limestone” Grail continues…..Beautiful floral aromas!  Elegant, refined and supple texture.  Balanced.  Restrained and finely knit tannin.   Classy Malbec indeed at a great price!

“Naoki’s Vineyard is on a unique, solitary plateau in Agrelo district, Lujan de Cuyo, just a few miles east of the Andean foothills.  This young estate vineyard is characterized by rocky soil, wild local herbs, and the presence of large blocks of limestone bearing ancient sea fossils.  This singular terror showcases an enhanced floral profile with deep fruit flavors, structured minerality, great acidity and smooth tannins.  This is a complex and elegant Malbec unlike any other in Mendoza.”

“I also tasted the 2014 Malbec Naoki’s Vineyard, from a slightly warmer and riper vintage, but they compensated it with an earlier harvest and achieved lower alcohol in the wine. This was the fourth productive year for the vines, which yielded more grapes, and they were able to produce some 30,000 bottles. The fourth crop from new vines usually yields very concentrated juice full of flavors and aromas, as it’s the first time the plant is able to produce enough grapes as the root system should be properly established and it feels like the plant has been waiting to express itself. It combines some herbal aromas with plenty of violets, very floral and aromatic. The palate revealed fine tannins and very good acidity and balance. The violets kept growing as the wine sat in the glass. Very showy. Quite impressive, especially for a warmer, riper year.” – 92 points, Wine Advocate – Luis Gutierrez

“Ripe, rich and robust, with a complex mix of ground coffee, chocolate and dark fruit flavors. Asian spice notes fill in midpalate. The finish that is loaded with cocoa powder and cream accents. Drink now through 2020. 300 cases made.”  – 92 points, Wine Spectator

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