Vaglio 2017 'Aggie' Malbec, Uco Valley
Item Number: 11911
Sub Region: Uco Valley
Appellation/AVA: Uco Valley
Vineyard Designation: Espíritu Vineyard
Grape(s): 100% Malbec
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Soil Type: Sandy loam with stones
Elevation: 3,838 feet
Vineyard Notes: Vaglio 'Aggie' Malbec is sourced from the Espíritu Vineyard in Gualtallary, Uco Valley. The vineyard is located at 3,838 feet above sea level. It was planted in 2008 and is comprised of sandy loam with a stony profile.
Winemaking Notes : Aggie matures for 11 months in 2nd and 3rd use oak barrels. The wine is aged in bottle a minimum of 6 months before release.
Tasting Notes: The wine shows notes of butterscotch, chocolate, and baked blueberry pie sprinkled with powdered sugar. A creamy midpalate laced with hazelnuts rounds out this mineral-driven Malbec.
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 microclimates 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.
90pts (2016 Vintage) Vinous 7/25/2018
"From 15-year-old vines in a dry, stony river bed between Gualtallary and Los Arboles at an altitude of 1,300 meters; cover crop is used to mitigate the radiation of sunlight onto the fruit. Aromas of blackberry and licorice convey lovely stony lift. Very dry, savory wine with serious precision to its black fruit, licorice, herb and mineral flavors. A distinctly piercing, vertical style that clearly conveys its higher elevation (Lovaglio describes this as his coolest site). Finishes with sneaky subtle persistence and essentially pliant tannins. The crop level here was a very moderate 2.8 tons per acre, according to Lovaglio, who told me that the Aggie bottling is consistently the longest of his wines despite the youth of the vines. This would appear to offer very good aging potential."