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Los Cardos Malbec

2016 An expressive bouquet loaded with the traditional aromas of plum, spice, black pepper and dried herbs. It has great depth and balance on the palate. Flavors of black cherry mingle with earthy notes and a touch of delightful mint; soft tannins round out the wine and lead to a smooth finish.
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$20.00 / Bottle   $240.00 / Case
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In Mendoza, the intensely colored, striking flowers are a sign of the presence of a good terroir; that’s how the vineyard land was selected for Los Cardos which is produced by Viña Doña Paula, founded in 1997 by Ricardo Claro. The goal right from the start was to produce world class wines.

Sunrise over Viña Doña Paula.

The estate’s vineyards were carefully chosen in the highlands of the Lujan de Cuyo and Tupungato regions of Mendoza. Doña Paula owns 1878 acres of vineyards today along with a new, state-of-the-art winery with the latest winemaking technology.

Los Cardos Malbec comes from a 74 acre vineyard growing in alluvial, clayey soil in the foothills of the Andes. Cuttings for this vineyard, taken from the oldest Doña Paula vineyards, were grafted and planted in 1998.

Winemaking is overseen by Stefano Gandolini who uses a combination of winemaking techniques to produce this modern-styled Malbec.

After the grapes are harvested, they’re completely destemmed. 20% of the grapes were crushed to provide some berry aromas and a fruity carbonic maceration character to the wine.

The must was cooled immediately after crushing to maintain fresh flavors and aromas and to reduce the level of SO2. The must was allowed to macerate for 48 hours at the cooled temperature prior to fermentation to extract more flavor and color.

Fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Total maceration period was 15 days. Some of the press wine was added back to the blend for extra richness and body. This wine saw no oak aging, everything you taste comes from the terroir of Mendoza and the Malbec grape. This wine is ideal with any kind of hearty, robust cuisine.