Denario Malbec 2015

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Patagonia, Argentina

Denario Malbec is estate grown and bottled by Bodega Humberto Canale in the Patagonia region of Argentina. Humberto Canale founded the winery here in 1909. He was one of the first pioneers of the area and is considered the father of Patagonian viticulture. The area's Humberto Canale museum is a testament to that fact.

Canale was also the first to harness the runoff water from the Andes Mountains. He engineered a master irrigation plan that supplied water to the community as well as the vineyards. It is still in use today.

Grapes need less water than most crops. As a matter of fact, in dry areas like Patagonia, grapevines are often starved of water so that their root system digs deeper into the shallow soil, trying to find it. In so doing, the roots get stronger, the vine healthier, and the grapes more flavorful. Everybody wins.

No other wine area is so connected to one grape as Argentina is to Malbec. They are almost synonymous. It may have something do with the fact that Argentinian Malbec is better than Malbec from anywhere else in the world. The grape plays a very minor role in Bordeaux. Its brute strength and harsh tannins dictate caution in the blend. Somehow, it has prospered in Argentina like nowhere else.

What we get in our selection is an amazingly rich and robust red with lots of bramble, dense, black fruits and medium tannins. It's enough to make any wine lover gasp with glee.