2009 Bodega Noemia de Patagonia Malbec

Year: 2009
Appellation: Rio Negro Valley, Patagonia
Country: Argentina
Wine Spectator: 96
Vinous Media: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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2011 WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100: #100

"Gorgeous from the start, delivering mulled spice, mocha, blueberry, black tea, plum sauce and warm currant confiture aromas and flavors all woven together, carried by a long spice- and graphite-filled finish. This has weight, but stays driven thanks to finely beaded acidity. A beauty. The best vintage yet for this wine. Malbec. Drink now through 2022. 275 cases made. " (WS)

"(aged for 18 months in new French oak; made from 79-year-old vines): Bright, medium ruby-red. Very ripe, slightly high-toned aromas of dark berries, dark chocolate and sexy oak. Like liquid silk on entry but with superb definition and verve thanks to harmonious acidity. Dark fruit flavors are accented by exotic spices, coffee and cocoa. Wonderfully suave and fine-grained wine with terrific sappy concentration and depth. The tannins are virtually invisible on the very long, fresh, slowly building finish." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
the area:
The estate is situated in the Rio Negro Valley, which is 620 miles South of Buenos Aires, 280 miles East of the Andes, 310 miles West of the Atlantic and a further 1240 miles from Tierra del Fuego. In other words, it is located in the middle of the desert. The valley’s microclimate is under the influence of two rivers deriving from the Andes, the Neuquen and the Limay which form into the Rio Negro, which throws itself into the Atlantic. The Rio Negro valley is an ex glacier which is 310 miles long and 15,5 miles large at 250 yards above sea level. In 1828, the British colonies, having observed the large amounts of water flowing in the river, decided to create hannels which would irrigate the valley thus forming a type of oasis in the middle of the desert.

The climate:
Is dry. Maximum 30% humidity and 7 inches of rain/year make the area free of diseases. There is no pollution, meaning that there is a high purity of sunlight (great photosynthesis). There is vast thermal amplitude: in maturation season the temperatures are on average 28 oC at day and 9 oC at night. The four seasons are very precise; mild spring, hot summer, mild autumn and a cold winter.

The vineyard:
The vines were planted in 1932. The vines are pre phelloxera period, “pied franco” and Massale selection, meaning that each vine is genetically different unlike the common clonale type. All of our 11 hectares of estate vineyards are both cultivated organically Bio-Dynamically and are certified by Argencer & Demeter. On the farm we produce ourselves 7 out of 8 Bio-Dynamic preparations (502,503,504,506,507) with exclusively our own raw material.We also do our own horn manure (500) and Bio-Dynamic composts.