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Curicó Valley, Chile
Latitude -34.997360, Longitude -71.344438
St. Stephen Organic Vineyards lies within the same 50 miles' latitude range as the best vineyards of the southern hemisphere, including the Barossa Valley, Australia, Mendoza, Argentina, and Stellenbosch, South Africa.
WATER SOURCE : Andean snow melt, deep well, drip irrigation.
SOIL : Dark, rich, volcanic soil. Flat terrain. Good drainage.
CLIMATE : Warm, sunny days promote ideal growth, and cool nights slow the conversion of stored sugars.
ORGANIC CERTIFICATION : IMO EcoCert AG
HARVEST : Grapes are selected and harvested by hand in April, 2016. Grapes sorted by quality into small bins in the field.
Am means 'soul' or 'spirit' in the Mapuche language.
This is a lush Malbec from the Curicó Valley characterized by deep, purple red color with inky-blue hues; Ripe blackberry, plum, mocca and violet aromas combine with soft, juicy, dark plum, cherry flavors with hints of toffee, good acidity and a pleasant long finish.
WINEMAKER : José Antonio Bravo von Bischoffshausen
PROCESS : Harvest early in the morning brings the grapes to the cellar with a low temperature, so that they can be marinated a couple of days before starting the alcoholic fermentation, which is carried out in about 14 days, with a 2-day regimen of soft, malolactic fermentation in barrels.
AGING : 6 months in French oak barrels, 50% new oak
BOTTLING DATE : November, 2016
Alcohol Content 13.4% by Volume
Residual Sugar 1.67 g/L
Total Acidity (C4H6O6) 4.65 g/L
Total SO2 0.067 g/L
Bottle 750 ml, Natural cork, Bar code 856317004046
Case 12 Bottles, Bar code 856317004053
Reviewer: Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis, Planet Grape LLC
Review Dates: September 24-27, 2018, San Francisco, CA
Day One: Bright. Moderately-saturated ruby red with magenta/crimson highlights, color is consistent to the clear meniscus. Moderately viscous.
On the nose, the wine is clean, bright and fruity with notes of raspberry, cherry, boysenberry, apple cider, carob, tar, eucalyptus and cedar.
On the palate it is mid-weight and grainy with moderate alcohol, moderate tannins and moderate minus acidity
Day Two: Bright notes of strawberry jam, raspberry, wild cherry lifesaver, red licorice, and red rose Dark berries mix with white floral notes. There is a fresh mouthwatering juiciness that gets buried under the oak. The palate is still fine-grained and lightly chewy.
Day Three: Raspberry, orange, cedar and chocolate shavings emerge. The palate is still chewy with unresolved tannins and not much acid to lift and balance them.