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Tonight we are going to review a wine which is unique in its own way – Gestos Malbec + Malbec 2014 from Finca Flichman. This wine is an expression of two different terroir, as it is made of malbec grapes, grown in two different zones at different altitudes: Barrancas at 700 metres (which adds maturity, color and body) and Tupungato at 1,100 metres (which adds freshness, structure and complexity) in the famous Mendoza region of Argentina. Known for its plump, dark fruit flavors and smoky finish, malbec wine offers a great alternative to higher priced cabernet sauvignon, merlot or syrah, however, there’s more to malbec than just value, as this is a great variety indeed, which can stand on its own even against the best wines. But enough theory, let’s move on with the tasting.
Take a look at the tasting notes bellow and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Deep ruby purple, with shades of indigo towards the rim.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with black and red fruit: blackberry, blueberry, black currant, blue plum, black cherry, fig, overripe sour cherry, black mulberry and some nuanced hints of figs. An instant later comes secondary and tertiary notes of roasted oakwood, nutmeg, cloves, leather, pepper mix and some subtle hints of cinnamon and smoke.
The wine is extra-dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and fine tannin. It feels bold, well structured and complex, with a nuanced new-world profile. This is a fine, expressive and a oaky wine, with a good overall balance between barrique and fruit, resulting in a quite dense and smoky body.
The wine has a long finish and a velvety, maybe just a a bit tart aftertaste.
This is definitely a great Wine of Argentina and the overall rating says the same, with 92.9 points scored it is right there, among the best wines we’ve tasted so far. Please click on the chart icon on the left in order to get to the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines we’ve tasted to date.
Conclusion: this is a wine in its peak form, definitely ready to drink now, but also worth some more bottle ageing (for 2 to 3 years). It is a blueprint of a classic Mendoza Malbec wine – fruity, complex and well structured. Argentina’s main advantage is the altitude, as more and more growers are moving closer to the mountains. There’s a trend to blend grapes from different altitudes, as a result, all Finca Flichman’s wines are a blend of grapes grown at different heights above sea level, from 700 meters (the height of the city of Mendoza) up to over 1200 meters. On these high altitudes the nights are cooler, which is an advantage because usually the grapes reach full maturity only at high sugar levels. We would recommend to pair this wine with a rare or medium-rare filet mignon or a sirloin steak, as the acidity and the tannin in the wine will cut well through the rustic and meaty notes in the dish.
WineStatistics tasting results:
Gestos | Malbec + Malbec | 2014
grape: | malbec |
overall rating: | 92.9 |
conclusion: excellent | (a must try)
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