Famiglia Bianchi Organic Malbec 2018
Deeply colored, with attractive purple tones. An intense aromatic expression, with red and black fruits, spicy notes, and very subtle vanilla. It feels sweet initially in the mouth, with round tannins, balanced acidity, hints of red fruits, and a medium structure. Hearty on the palate – with an elegant finish.
The grapes of this organic Malbec come from 3 different certified organic vineyards. Finca Dona Elsa, located in Rama Caida district; Finca Asti in Las Paredis district; and Finca Costanza situated in Cuadro Benegas district. The soils were of variable composition, with a diversity of microclimates which enable complex aromas and flavors. The soils were of alluvial origin. Doña Constanza de Famiglia Stradella Bianchi, situated in Cuadro Benegas, San Rafael, Mendoza Mendoza is the only wine region that is totally free of the global insect grape-moth, so there is no need to use the necessary chemicals to eliminate this pest. All nutritional contributions to the soil are based on the winery’s own organic compost and guano that comes from southern Mendoza. Hand-harvested, with the berries separated before milling. Malolactic fermentation takes place over 21 days (with skin contact) using native yeasts (not genetically modified) in tanks that are cleaned and naturally disinfected before this wine is brought in. The wine then spends 12 months in oak – 95 percent French and 5 percent American barrels, 33% new, 66% used. Racking is done without clarifying agents and bottle filling is conducted with inert gas in order to preserve the wine’s organic qualities. The wine then spent an additional six months in the bottle before shipping.
This wine is ideal to serve with a large variety of foods, especially with meat and hard cheeses.
2011: 92 Points “Critics Gold” Robert Whitley’s Critic’s Challenge, Aug. 2014