Bodega El Porvenir Laborum Single Vineyard Malbec 2011

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It has been a while since I tasted such a well balanced Malbec made in a true European Style. The Bodega el Porvenir Laborum Malbec is from Denominacion Salta which is located in the northern part of Argentina. This is home to Bodegas el Porvenir de los Andes whose vineyards are grown at an altitude of roughly 5,740 feet in the Andes foothills. El Porvenir de los Andes was founded in 1890 by a family of Italian immigrants who settled in the Cafayate Valley.

Argentina is the fifth largest producer of wine in the world. The country had at one time a larger amount of local consumers. However, economic downturn and spiralling inflation have caused their domestic consumption to reduce. At the same time a shift in political attitudes opened up Argentina’s borders and investors from the USA and Europe invested heavily in vineyard and winery projects.

On appearance, this wine shows to be clear with no sediment. It is of a medium intensity with a beautiful deep purple color and ruby rim. Long, slow legs give signs of a medium alcohol wine.

This wine has a youthful aroma with up front vanilla bean that hits you right away. Lovely ripe cherries, stewed plums, blackberries and dry dark soil. There is also some presence of old world wood hence the baking spice. Other aromas are of roses black pepper and saddle leather.

On the palate the Bodega el Porvenir Laborum Malbec is an off dry wine with a medium bodied mouthfeel that is not overpowering at all instead very balanced. For the fruit component I can confir with the nose with the addition of red apple. A very nice level of oak with dry dark soil, roses, white pepper and leather permeate the palate. Tannin levels are a medium plus. Alcohol is a medium with mouth watering acidity.

A true racy wine that pairs excellent with baked Argentine empanadas, stuffed with fatty ground beef and salty olives to balance out the tannin levels. Imported in Miami by Graziano Imports and Distributor of fine wines. A wine that you must try which is sold in various South Florida establishments. It has a rating of 91 points by Robert Parker. I’m not a really big rating fan but at least it’s a good guideline to go by…

Categories: Reds

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