Vaglio 2016 'Temple' Malbec, Lujan de Cuyo (Anchoris)

Vaglio 2016 'Temple' Malbec, Lujan de Cuyo (Anchoris)

Item Number: 11205

UPC: 0-858497005028

Country: Argentina
Region: Mendoza
Sub Region: Lujan de Cuyo
Appellation/AVA: Lujan de Cuyo
Vineyard Designation: Paulucchi Vineyard
Vintage: 2016
Grape(s): 100% Malbec
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Soil Type: Clay loam with thin layers of gravely soil
Elevation: 3,000 feet

Vineyard Notes: Vaglio Temple Malbec is sourced from the Paulucchi Vineyard in the Anchoris region, which is east of Tupungato. The vineyard is located at 3,000 feet above sea level. It was planted in 1993 and is comprised of clay and clay loam with thin layers of gravely soil.

Winemaking Notes: Grapes are manually harvested. The wine ages for 11 months in second and third use barrels. It ages in bottle for a minimum of 6 months before release.

Tasting Notes: The wine shows notes of dark black fruit, rose petals, and hints of baking spices and coriander. Fresh baked bread and lemon custard coat the palate with a cocoa powder that leads to a smooth, long finish.

About Vaglio: Vaglio is a new micro-winery located in Tupungato created by José LoVaglio Balbo. He produces four single vineyard wines that all focus on micro-climates and minimal winemaking. José is a young winemaker at Dominio del Plata and the son of Susanna Balbo. Each of his wines represent a unique terroir as well as different stages of his life.

91pts (2015 Vintage) Vinous 7/6/2017
"Pungent, high-toned aromas and flavors of blackberry, blueberry, purple flowers and wild herbs, plus a suggestion of graphite. At once supple and firm, with fresh acidity giving shape to the middle palate. Finishes with a serious dusting of fine-grained tannins and attractive floral lift. A nicely penetrating wine with no easy sweetness, this still needs another year or two of cellaring."

Reviews

  • Vinous
    Rating: 88 (7/25/2018)

    (from 65-to-80-year-old vines on sandy loam soil): Black fruits and charred oak on the nose (Lovaglio notes that this wine is "more sensitive to oak aromas because its structure is more fragile"). Juicy dark berry, licorice and oak flavors show a distinctly herbal quality. Finishes with surprisingly suave tannins, good length and a light peppery edge--if without quite the fruit of the 2015 version.