Salentein has simply launched new vintages of its wines grown within the Uco Valley of Mendoza, Argentina. Right this moment we get to attempt them alongside two wines from the Pyros label, that are additionally produced by Salentein however are made with Malbec grapes grown within the Pedernal Valley in San Juan. Let’s give them a attempt.
2018 Salentein Reserve Chardonnay – Fairly good, notably contemplating the value. The wine pours mild yellow with a lightweight inexperienced tinge. The nostril reveals lime, inexperienced apple, and butter. On the palate there’s a rather well balanced mixture of fruit, acid, wooden, and minerality. Inexperienced apples and vivid acidity come first, adopted by buttery oak and caramel, and the end is pretty lengthy and flinty. This wine will enchantment to followers of California Chardonnay. A- / $19
2017 Salentein Single Winery La Pampa Malbec – This single winery Malbec pours a deep ruby coloration and reveals a lightweight nostril of blackberries, dusty cocoa, and tobacco. The palate is comparable with built-in notes of blueberries and cocoa. The wine reveals medium acidity and finishes with mild, drying tannins. That is an fulfilling Malbec, nevertheless it lacks the complexity and the depth I search for in a Malbec showcasing a single winery and at this worth level. B+ / $58
2016 Salentein Numina Gran Corte – 65% Malbec, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot. Inky purple, nearly black in coloration, this mix has an enormous nostril of plum, cassis, and light-weight cocoa. The palate intently follows the nostril for a full bodied, fruit ahead wine. The end is a bit quick, exhibiting lingering, mild tannins. B+ / $41
2016 Pyros Appellation Valle de Pedernal Malbec – This wine opens with a lightweight aroma of blackberries. The palate then surprises with vivid, bracing acidity, adopted by extra blackberry notes, offering a reasonably easy fruity character. B / $23
2014 Pyros Single Winery Block No. 4 Malbec – Darkish purple within the glass with ruby highlights, this wine has aromas of blackberry, currants, and cardamom. On the palate it’s vivid and fruity, opening with blackberries, cranberry tartness, and darkish chocolate, together with good acidity. It reveals medium tannins for a dry, fulfilling end. B+ / $42