Traditionally, people have focused on regions, following names and places like Chateau Latour, Romaine Conte, Pomerol, Côte de Nuits (and it’s sub appellations) etc. Today most buyers and consumers depend on people and publications, making purchases based on a winemaker‘s following, or published scores from wine critics.
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"André Hueston Mack is a distinguished wine educator and award-winning sommelier— notably, as sommelier at the iconic French Laundry in Napa and then head sommelier at Per Se in New York. He has focused on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay. and Pinot Gris at his Willamette Valley wine project Maison Noir Wines (https://maisonnoirwines.com). Early in 2021 Adelante Malbec was included in his review of 25 wines in the range of $15. Here is the segment on Adelante."
When deciding on a vineyard, our primary criterion was the preservation of an old vineyard. By the mid-nineties, the planted vines in La Consulta decreased from 18,000 to 6,000. Two-thirds of the old vines had been removed for other crops or left fallow. We believe old vines in the right place have a unique character. Our 68-year-old vineyard Don Eugenio, is located in La Consulta, Mendoza, Argentina.
"The wine is a single vineyard gem on original rootstock (65-70 year old vines) that gives very flavorful and rich results without being heavy or overtly in your face. This wine dictates a new consciousness of Argentinean Malbec for US consumers - one that is outstanding at the table or with friends alone as an accompaniment to conversation."
– Jon Rimmerman, owner of Garagiste
One of the major reasons for malbec’s ongoing popularity is the reliability of these hearty Argentine reds. The flip side of that is that they can be a bit monolithic, with few true standouts.