The 2019 Malbec Finca Bella Vista was aged for 13 months in 80% new barrels. The grapes came from a vineyard planted in 1910 in an excellent position by the Mendoza River on its newest alluvial terraces, resulting in poor, stony soil. It really comes into its own in cool, mild years like 2019. Inky purple in the glass. The nose is liqueur-like initially with intense notes of ripe plum and pink pepper, followed by secondary aromas from the aging process, such as cedar and then a third wave of rose and violets arrives. Vivid, grippy and full-bodied, it has a velvety, voluminous feel with tart freshness. A smooth, delicate, flavorful wine.
The oak is a little more present in the 2019 Malbec Finca Bella Vista, but only in comparison with the other single-vineyard bottlings, as they have started using some 15% used barrels (instead of 100% new, which was what it used to be; and in future vintages, the percentage of used barrels will grow), and the impact of the 13 months (reduced from 15) is lower. This is the classical floral and voluptuous Malbec with silky tannins from their vineyard in Perdriel (where they have the winery) at 985 meters above sea level, on the south bank of the Mendoza River, where the soils are deep, with abundant gravel, and deliver more subtle and elegant wines than Finca Mirador.
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