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The 2009 San Telmo Malbec perfectly captures the intense crimson color and vivid red fruit expression of Argentina’s flagship grape varietal. Ripe cherry notes predominate in the aromas and flavors, joined by raspberry, red plum and a hint of graphite. Vanilla tones from oak aging add complexity, while supple tannins and balanced acidity structure the wine. The Argentines traditionally pour Malbec with grilled steaks; try it and you’ll understand why. Delicious!
In the cool early-morning hours, we handpicked the grapes into small bins. After they were destemmed and crushed, the must was fermented in stainless steel tanks with two punch-downs per day. Following malolactic fermentation and 12 to 15 days of skin contact, the wine was pressed and oak aged. To achieve this fresh, fruit-forward style—with the Malbec grape taking center stage and the oak softly in the background—they oak aged only a portion of the wine for four months.
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