Tasting Date: December 2011
Tasting Date Price: $10.99
Rating: WS 86 WE 88
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Visual Aspect: Rich red
Nose: Elegant aromatics with fresh fruit flavors
Palate: frames bright, fresh fruit flavors in a medium-bodied structure similar to Cabernet Sauvignon, along with the plush character of Merlot.
Food Pairing: The classic food pairing for Argentine Malbec is grilled meat, but Colores del Sol’s bright flavors make it a highly versatile food-pairing wine.
Winery Notes: Colores del Sol is a new wine which delivers a higher level of Argentine Malbec. It is sourced exclusively from the Luján de Cuyo vineyard district within Mendoza, South America’s most prestigious wine-growing region.
The vineyards in Luján de Cuyo are among the highest, driest, and sunniest in the world, at elevations reaching 3,500 feet. The grapes bask in bright, pure sunlight, inspiring the wine’s name: in English, ‘Colors of the Sun’.
Malbec originates from France, but it is Argentina where the grape truly thrives. While it is used primarily as a blending grape in Bordeaux, it has developed into a premium stand-alone varietal in Argentina.
Malbec is particularly successful in Mendoza, a region of high-elevation plains at the foot of the Andes mountains. This region is full of dense, old-vine vineyards which benefit from the region’s unique climate, and which are irrigated by pure water provided by melted snow from the Andes Mountains.
The grapes enjoy consistently bright, warm days, while being chilled by the mountain air in the evenings. This diurnal variation translates into greater complexity of flavor and aroma in the finished wine.
Within Mendoza, we have created Colores del Sol from the Luján de Cuyo area, which is at the northern edge of Mendoza. This area is prime real estate for Malbec, with high elevations and rugged soil producing rich, concentrated grapes.
In the glass, Malbecs are known for their power and intensity. They offer rich fruit similar to Cabernet Sauvignon, along with the plush character of Merlot. The classic food pairing for Argentine Malbec is grilled meat, but Colores del Sol’s bright flavors make it a highly versatile food-pairing wine.