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I love the serious and balanced 2017 J Alberto, a single-vineyard bottling from a field blend that is mostly Malbec with some 5% Merlot. It fermented with 20% full clusters and natural yeasts for three weeks. It then had an élevage of 11 months, when 15% of the volume was kept in egg-shaped vats, 20% in concrete tanks and the rest in used barriques and demi-muids. It's a moderate 12. 5% alcohol and seems to have less influence from oak and better freshness. It has bright acidity and is almost effervescent, with citrus freshness. It is light to medium-bodied with red berry, pomegranate and blood orange freshness. Hans Vinding Diers explained that the end of the fermentation was without skins (they pressed before it finished), which helped to polish the grainy tannins that this wine sometimes has. This is so easy to drink it could be dangerous! It's the lightest, freshest J Alberto I can remember. This is super! Drink now-2025.
Complex and also ripe and blatantly pleasing. Balsamic aromas blend with cassis, blackberry and citrus peel secents to form an exotic bouquet. It's solid and firm in the mouth, with lemony oak framing pure berry fruit. Tight, pure and delivers the total package for Patagonian Malbec.
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