Lunta by Mendel Malbec 2009, Mendoza, Argentina

Lunta by Mendel a discovery line, it is made to give consumers an easy entry point into the winery’s style.  The 2008 Lunta by Mendel Malbec is what I would call a medium concentrated Malbec, which is not negative at all – just don’t expect overpowering flavours, but do expect those flavours and scents to be there and to be recognizable.


On the nose you get the berry/cherry fruit wave then the second wave are more barrel components, vanilla and smoke.


In the gulp the medium concentration fruit is defined as showing those fruits, but toning down the barrel components relative to the nose and leaving some acid in the mix to keep things fresh.  This leaves those bright fruit to stand up on their own, and allow the freshness and the toned down wood frame to work as a tasteful frame.  I was happily surprised with the freshness as the nose suggest a punchier wine.  Very nice.


Musical Match: Sometimes we have this image of Jazz saxophone players being dark tortured soles blowing sharp complex notes, often solo.  In the late 1980′s Dutch Saxophone artist Candy Dulfer brought a re-vamped image to the sax player: feminine and attractive, more friendly and flirtatious than tormented.  Her career has kept on growing since then and she keeps on blowing her sax with style. Here she is on a more recent medley playing some “Medium Concentrated” Jazz.  Enjoy.


Special thanks to the Wines of Argentina for providing me transportation, great lodging, amazing food and access to the wonderful wine and winemakers of Mendoza and Cafayaté during a promotional tour of Argentina for 10 days in July 2011. This wine was sampled during that promotional tour.


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