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Malbec, 2016. Dona Silvina

Malbec, 2016. Dona Silvina

Item #: U1219R2IA
Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Malbec
Vineyard/Appellation: Mendoza, Argentina
Color: Very Dense
Nose: Violets, Black Cherry
Palate: Dense Cherry, Chocolate
Finish: Long, Extracted
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2027/Red Meat, Game/14.0% Alcohol by Volume

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Dona Silvina is crafted by the Bodegas Krontiras estate in Argentina's Mendoza wine district. It is owned by Constantinos and Silvina Krontiras. They not only own the vineyard, they are also the operations, as are their family.

The estate was established in 2004 and certified sustainable, organic and biodynamic in 2012. Every precaution is taken to guarantee as little interference with the grape growing and wine making process as possible.

They practice cutting edge green technology to produce an almost zero carbon footprint. They use natural straw for insulation, recycle all their water and move their wine with gravity, not pumps, to ensure the minimum amount of contact with air can occur.

You would think that's enough, but not for them. Their vineyards consists of 28 acres of Malbec and Tempranillo grapes which are 120 years old! The vines produce the barest minimum of juice with a maximum of flavor.

There are no machines in the vineyard for any reason. Plowing and ground maintenance is done by horses, which also provide a natural source of fertilizer from composting.

We can't say that all of this contributes to the beauty of their wines. But, can't say it doesn't either. All we can say is that our selection is a masterful expression of grape and soil of nature and natural as well as a commitment to all that is at one with terroir.

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