2016 Bodega Mendel "Estate" Malbec Mendoza

SKU #1398247 93 points James Suckling

 This is a focused and very polished malbec with dark berries such as blackberries and hints of black truffles and walnut shells. Full body, tight and focused with firm and silky tannins and a delicious finish. Drink or hold.  (4/2018)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Cropped from a typical El Niño vintage that was cooler and with a late harvest, the 2016 Malbec comes from their old vineyard Finca Drummond in Luján de Cuyo, which was planted ungrafted 88 years ago at 980 meters in altitude. It had a classical vinification in stainless steel followed by 12 months in French oak barrels, divided equally between new, second use and third use. There is some more freshness here compared with the 2015, and it's clean, precise and somewhat serious, quite surprising for this price level. It has some floral notes, a very balanced palate and very fine tannins. It has the profile of a wine that should develop slowly and nicely in bottle. 80,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in November 2017. (LG)  (6/2018)

Vinous

 (aged for a year in one-third new, one-third once-used and one-third twice-used Taransaud barrels): Bright ruby. Tight aromas of blackberry and game, with notes of violet, bitter chocolate and black cherry emerging with air. Nicely delineated but a bit lean and clenched compared to its 2015 predecessor, offering a juicy quality to its blackberry and licorice flavors. Compared to the richer 2015, the '16's tannins are a bit less fleshy and coated and the finish not quite as long. Roberto de la Mota noted that the crop was actually smaller in 2016 (about 2.5 tons per acre, vs. a normal 5) but that the wine is less concentrated than the '15 and likely to evolve faster. (ST)  (7/2018)

Wine Enthusiast

 Ripe berry aromas suggest raisin and marzipan. Following those aromas, this feels jammy and soft, with barely any edge. Cassis and berry flavors finish with notes of cola, spice and raisin. (MS)  (9/2018)

Wine Spectator

 Dark currant, cream and plum tart flavors dominate this fruity red. Chocolate and spice notes emerge on the finish. Drink now. (KM)  (12/2018)

K&L Notes

Roberto de la Mota, son of the legendary Raul de la Mota (former longtime winemaker at Bodega Weinert), consistently produces some of the tastiest and most seductive of Malbecs at Bodega Mendel. While this has been a wine that often times shows great tannin structure to bolster its pure fruit and spicy, oak polish (Taransaud barrels are favored here), the past few vintages have shown a wine that has stylistically come into its own. Mendel of late has truly been a wine that respects vintage and readily shows the difference that a year makes.


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Varietal:

Malbec

- These days if you're drinking a Malbec it's probably from Argentina. The most planted grape in that country, varietally-labeled Argentine Malbecs are one of the wine market's great values, prized for their slight herbal component and dark, luscious fruit. Structurally, Argentina's Malbecs are much different than those grown in the grape's native France; they are riper, fruitier and fleshier. In France, the best iterations of Malbec can be found in the Cahors, where it can be quite decadent. It is also planted in the Loire Valley, where it is called Côt and is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Gamay, and in Bordeaux, where it has fallen from favor in many of the region's great blends because it is difficult to grow. In the United States, the varietal is frequently added to Meritage wines - Bordeaux style blends - but it is rarely found on its own.
Country:

Argentina

- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.4