25 Lagunas Malbec
Bright black cherry aromas with light floral notes and a touch of smoky toast. The palate is full and rich with ripe, concentrated cassis and plum flavors over a core of firm, round tannins. The finish shows a hint of spice and dried cherry.
$12.00 / Bottle $144.00 / Case
From Argentina come some of the best wine values to be found in the market. One new find we have discovered is 25 Lagunas, a new wine from the up-and-coming San Juan region 1300 km from Buenos Aires.
Vineyards in the San Juan region lie at the foot of the Andes Mountains.
San Juan province is the second largest wine producing region in Argentina. It was once known for producing sweet wines, but growers have been focusing on red wines and dry whites like Torrontes and the region’s reputation is growing.
Fincas Rewen, the winery that produces 25 Lagunas, has almost 400 acres of vineyards situated near the famous Cañada Honda in the area of Huanacache.
The climate at an average elevation of 2000 feet above sea level is quite arid. San Juan is an arid wine region, known for intense sunlight. It is ideal for growing warm climate varietals. The region is practically uninhabited with vast expanses of vineyards that take their irrigation from the crystal clean runoff of the nearby Andes.
The soil has a unique story to tell also. The wine takes its name from a chain of 25 interconnected lagoons that were inhabited by the indigenous Huarpe tribes who traveled in small canoes called “Lagooners.”
These lagoons have long since dried up leaving behind rich mineral deposits which have been recognized by growers as exceptional terroir for wine production.
Winemaker Rafael Perez Romero vinifies this Malbec in a style that is immediately approachable and able to age another 2 to 4 years.
Starting with a pre-fermentative cold maceration for a maximum of flavor and color extraction, the wine is pumped over regularly during fermentation to achieve a full body and rich, round tannins.