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2010 Tinto Negro Malbec Uco Valley Reserve – Review

By Duane Pemberton

Uco Valley, in the Mendoza region of Argentina, have really high elevation with super-thin layers of top-soil. This helps create Malbec of exceptional  quality with great acidity – the particular fruit in this wine was sourced from vines that ranged in age from 20-25 years.

Technical Data: 

  • Terroir: Uco valley, located at an altitude between 3,700 – 5,000 ‘ elevation.
  • Soil Profile:  Shallow sandy – silt with round rock subsoil.
  • Harvest: Hand harvested in the last week of March and first week of April.
  • Vinification: Six to eight day cold maceration with extensive cap management for intense aromatics and stony minerality. 14 – 16 day fermentation. Cool fermentation with maximum temperature  of 23° C.
  • Cooperage:  9 months in French oak, 10% new.
  • Alcohol: 14% by volume
  • pH: 3.6
  • Acidity: 5.7
  • Price: $15

Nose: Lightly charred blueberries, plums, peppercorn, leather and dark chocolate.

Taste: Blueberry pie filling along with spice, smoked paprika, plum sauce, pencil lead, leather, ash tray and a nice hint of mexican chocolate. Youthful tannins abound with a nearly perfect amount of acid and fruit. The finish is very good and speaks of a wine that should cost a lot more than this one does.

W.E.P. Rating: 150%