Gabriela Garcia Hopgood, a partner in LaMadridWines, joined us here @MetroWines to taste their wines. You might think that one Malbec is like another and, believe me, when you taste as many as we do, that is often the case. But not with LaMadrid. Wine Spectator gave the 2013 bottle 89 points and said this: "Plush and spicy, with good definiton to the flavors of plum tart, raspberry preserves and cherry, supported by fresh acidity. Cream and dark choclate notes linger on the finish." To that we would add that the 2012 has a year of age on it softening and rounding out this lush wine.  The winemaker, Hector Durigutti, says the Mendoza skies on the west of Argentina are clear, clean and blue. The bright sunny days and cool summer nights help the grapes to aacquire uniqe concentration of aromas and colors. But what brings all the flavor forward is that there has been no manipulations, no additives, no foolin' around. This wine is unfiltered, unfined, unparalled. La Madrid is vine to bottle!

Winemaker Remarks: Deep ruby red color. Spicy aromas combined with fresh plums and cherries. In the mouth, sweet velvety tannins are well balanced with the acidity.

MALBEC 2012Scores:

89 points Wine Spectator
87 points Wine Enthusiast
90 points Wine Advocate
90 points Wine Advocate89 points Wine Spectator87 points Wine Enthusiast

Case Production (12×750): 15,000
Winemaker: Héctor Durigutti
Winery: Lamadrid
Vineyard: Estate single vineyard, Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza
Grape Variety: 100% Malbec
Vineyard’s age: Planted in 2002
Average Vineyard Altitude: 980m.a.s.l.
Density: 7,500 plants per hectare
Yield: 1.5 kg per plant
Sustainably Farmed: 100%
Harvest Method: By hand
Sorting: Single manual selection
Fermentation and Maceration: Cold maceration at 6ºC for 7 days, alcoholic fermentation with native yeasts for 17 days at 25º/27ºC, 4 daily pump-over
Malolactic Fermentation: 100% spontaneous in tanks with American oak.
Winemaking:No stabilization, no filtration, no clarification, no bleed-off.
Aging: Stainless steel tanks.