Malbec, 2014. Andeluna Altitud

Malbec, 2014. Andeluna Altitud

Item #: V0919R1IA
Vintage: 2014
Varietal: Malbec
Vineyard/Appellation: Tupungato, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
Color: Very Dark
Nose: Plum, Anise, Vanilla
Palate: Rich, Ripe Currant, Cherry
Finish: Rich Cherry, Medium Tannins
Rating: 98
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2026/Red Meat, 14.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Andeluna was founded in 1995 by Ward Lay, of Frito Lay fame. Today, the Lay family runs Andeluna in partnership with the Barale family, who have extensive operations in South America, including wine production facilities. The venture has been a success both in terms of wine quality and popularity.

The name "Andeluna" refers to the Andes Mountains, on whose slopes the grapes grow, and the moon, which they describe as "a magical and inspirational source for the creation of great wines." We don't know how much the moon has to do with great wine, but there's definitely magic in the work of Manuel Gonzalez, their winemaker. Manuel has been crafting great wines here for over 20 years. And wine drinkers have taken note. Currently, Andeluna produces almost 250,000 cases of wine annually and exports to 30 different countries.

The sustainable vineyards are 4,300 feet above sea level in Mendoza's Uco Valley. The air here is remarkably fresh and clean, with no contaminants to harm the grapes. And only the ripest grapes are crushed to assure the fullest of flavors. The finished wine spends 8-12 months in French oak.

Here is yet another classic Malbec packed with power and presence. The subtle smell of black pepper and cherry lead the charge, followed by cassis, vanilla and plum. The overall impression is awe-inspiring, as the layers develop and envelop you in continuous waves.