Malbec from Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina. The wine is aged in 50% French and 50% American 225 liter oak barrels for eight months. It has residual sugar of 2.4 grams/liter.
The Padrillos Malbec has an SRP of $15 and is imported by Vineyard Brands.
From the bottle:
Imagine a herd of wild stallions galloping over smooth, white hills, their black coats reflecting the light of the moon. This very image lived inside winemaker Ernesto Catena’s mind, and kept his primal attachment to land and nature alive during his time as a university student. After years of travel, when Ernesto planted his vineyard in Mendoza, “Padrillos” was born.
These intense wines express the primordial forces latent in our fertile land, and the wild spirit of Argentina’s true varietals.
High quality, natural, idiosyncratic, eccentric wines from Mendoza, Argentina.
The 2014 Padrillos Malbec from Ernesto Catena Vineyards begins with a very pleasant aroma of black cherry, blackberry and spice along with some floral and vanilla notes. The wine tastes smooth, sweet and fresh with lots of dark berry fruit and nice touches of spice. Medium-bodied with a soft mouthfeel, this is a very easy to drink Malbec that is sure to have wide appeal. It ends dry and a bit tart with sweet berry fruit and a touch of vanilla lingering nicely.
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