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Malbec, 2012. Triada
Item # C0514R1IA

Malbec, 2012. Triada

Vintage: 2012
Varietal: Malbec
Vineyard/Appellation: La Rioja, Argentina
Color: Dark purple
Nose: Touch of vanilla and smoky aromas
Palate: Leather and earth mixed with lots of blackberry
Finish: Concentrated boysenberry and blackberry fruit
Rating: 95
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Drink now through 2017/12.5% Alcohol
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Argentina has been making wine since the 1600s which is not surprising when you learn that 80% of the population is of Spanish and Italian descent. Things have changed in the last 20 to 30 years and Argentina is now one of the top five wine-exporting countries in the world.

Triada sources grapes from over approximately 10,000 acres of vineyards, the majority of which are located within the picturesque and remote Famatina Valley, in La Rioja province, in the Northwest Argentinian region. The Famatina Valley, one of Argentina's best kept secrets, is a natural viticultural paradise with loam to sandy loam, alluvial type soil and high altitude vineyards ranging from 3,000 to 5,000 feet above sea level.

Triada's roots date back to the year 1940 when Italian immigrants, most of whom were active wine growers back home, decided to build a small winery and buy grapes. Since this date, as many as four generations and several hundred families have been involved in producing grapes for the La Riojana co-operative. They have helped make it not only one of the largest and most successful co-operatives in Argentina today with an annual production of around 4 million cases of wine, but also the world's largest producer of certified Fairtrade-organic wine.

They benefit from a combination of brilliant sunshine, warm days, cold nights and very low rainfall, which rarely exceeds 10 inches per year. The North-South orientation of the mountainous chains (Andes, Famatina and El Velazco Mountains) provides the vineyards with good ventilation. The warm days and cold nights encourage the vines to provide superb fruit that enhances the color of the reds and heightens the aroma and flavors of the white wines. The dry, sunny conditions make for naturally healthy grapes and are ideal for organic cultivation.

The chief winemaker is Dr. Rodolfo Griguol, one of Argentina's most respected winemakers. Rodolfo has worked for La Riojana for over 25 years and currently manages a team of seven winemakers.

This selection offers amazing fruit and structure. The flavors go on endlessly and will definitely benefit from several more years of aging. Try with roast pork flavored with garlic and rosemary.

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