2015 SonVida Malbec [DUPLICATE]

Year: 2015
Appellation: Uco Valley, Mendoza
Country: Argentina
Wine Advocate: 92
Decanter: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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"The 2015 Malbec has an Old World style in its balance, elegance and smoothness but with the chalky texture of the Altamira soils. It's very harmonious and young, as classic as it gets, medium-bodied and very drinkable. It has developed some extra complexity in the bottle and comes through as complex and layered. Terrific right now. 4,800 bottles were filled in 2017.

SonVida is a small project from UK journalist David Smith and Argentinean wife Sonia Ruseler. They bought a piece of land in what is now Paraje Altamira and planted some 20 hectares of grapes. They now make some 12,000 bottles of wine with the help of winemaker Alejandro Vigil, and they still sell the majority of grapes. Serious and classical reds." (WA)

"Former diplomat and journalist David Smith doesn’t make much wine, alas, but the quality is extremely good indeed. Subtle, refreshing and marked by the chalky terroir of Paraje Altamira, it’s a nuanced, skilfully oaked Malbec with precision, focus and impressive palate length. 2020-25" -Tim Atkin (DM) Winery Notes:
SonVida Malbec is a single vineyard wine, the supreme expression of the award-winning zone of Altamira, in Argentina's Uco Valley. Altamira's smooth tannins shine through, and the combination of acidity and minerality lead the wine to a long, integrated finish.

"The wine is proud to be ripe and generous. Aromas dominated by smokey mulberry and blueberry. It's plush and coats the palate with bramble, blueberry and liquorice and the scent of vanilla. Immediately muscular and broad-shouldered in the glass, with a savory note, perhaps tapenade, running through the dense palate with mint and dried herbs on the finish. The oak will integrate over time, mixing its spice with the warm spice of fruit." - Joe Fattorini -The Wine Show