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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Elsa Bianchi Malbec and Torrontes 2012 - Value Defined

Elsa Bianchi Malbec and Torrontes 2012 - Value Defined
A soft and silky Malbec and a thirst-quenching Torrontes for under $10.

Malbec and Torrontes represent the two signature wines of Argentina among red and white varietals respectively. And while the signature grapes of many other regions often sell for a hefty premium (Pinot Noir from Oregon or Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley for example), not so for Argentina where you can find excellent examples like today's wines at a very low price, even under $10. To that we say, "Salve Argentina!" (Long Live Argentina!)

Today's pair of wines come from Valentin Bianchi, a family owned winery in Argentina that has been around since 1928. The winery produces many different labels, all from their vineyards in San Rafael in Mendoza. The grapes for both of today's selections come from the winery's Dona Elsa Estate in the Rama Caida area of San Rafael that sits at about 2,500 feet above sea level.

2012 Elsa Bianchi Malbec First up is the 2012 Elsa Bianchi Malbec. It has an SRP of $12 and available for as low as $8. It is imported by Quintessential Wines. Sample submitted for review.

From the bottle:
"This unique Malbec was created by our expert winemakers, who harvest selected grapes from vines that have produced consistent, high-quality yields year after year. Elsa Bianchi varietals have been carefully vinified, with each bottle achieving the special character for which these wines are now known.

Description: The classic Malbec aromas of ripe plum and violets are evident in the nose, with hints of vanilla. The Malbec in Argentina is its ability to combine a rich weighty mouth-feel with a soft silkiness. This wine impresses, with pleasing fruit that mimics the aromas.

14.1% Alcohol"
The 2012 Elsa Bianchi Malbec begins with pleasant aromas of blackberry, plum and a little vanilla. Honestly, this one was a little out of sorts when it was first popped and poured, but with a little air it quickly transforms. Abundant juicy blackberry and cola, super soft tannins and a silky smooth mouthfeel are a few of the things you'll find. The medium length finish on this easy drinking Malbec features lots more cola notes and juicy fruit.

Buy this wine online from our featured sponsor Marketview Liquor or see a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.

Taste Rating: 7              Cost Rating: 9
Overall Rating: 7.5



2012 Elsa Bianchi Torrontes Next up is the 2012 Elsa Bianchi Torrontes. It has an SRP of $12 and available for as low as $9. It is imported by Quintessential Wines. Sample submitted for review.

From the bottle:
"This unique Torrontes was created by our expert winemakers, who harvest selected grapes from vines that have produced consistent, high-quality yields year after year. Elsa Bianchi varietals have been carefully vinified, with each bottle achieving the special character for which these wines are now known.

Description: The Torrontes aromas exhibit a pleasing degree and nice complexity. Well-integrated scents of grapefruit, spice, orange blossom and apple are evident. On the palate, a refreshing mouth-feel with flavors similar to the aromas and a clean, bright finish.

13.0% Alcohol"
The 2012 Elsa Bianchi Torrontes begins with aromas of grapefruit, honey, nectarine and a few floral notes. Tasting the wine reveals a nice lively texture plus zesty citrus, a bit of tropical fruit and some nice mineral notes underneath. It ends very crisp and clean with lingering grapefruit notes that last for a long time. A very nice, very tasty and very refreshing wine!

See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.

Taste Rating: 8              Cost Rating: 8
Overall Rating: 8.0



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