Bodega Noemia de Patagonia A Lisa 2018
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A dense violet and plum color, with a bouquet of dark berries, cherry, minerals, and cocoa. Medium-bodied with an excellent structure, notes of cherry and cassis; with balanced, persistent tannins. A flexible wine that can be served by the glass on its own; pairs well with pasta, fish, white meats and red meats.
very fresh, juicy and energetic malbec with plenty of ripe plums and red cherries. The texture and lively mouthfeel is impressive. Drink or hold.
The original red 2018 A Lisa is named after Han Vinding Diers' Danish grandmother and sourced from villages within 15 kilometers of Mainqué in Río Negro, so it's their village red. They had frost in the zone in 2018 and yields were decimated, so production plummeted from 90,000 to 70,000 bottles. This is mostly Malbec with some 9% Merlot and perhaps 1% Petit Verdot, and the full berries fermented in stainless steel. Only 15% to 20% of the volume matured in used French oak barrels for some nine months, while the rest was kept in stainless steel. It felt very fruit-forward at first, but it turned more serious with some air. It seemed to put on weight in the glass, showing more depth and layers, with clean aromas and a round and juicy palate with more clout than you'd think. It has more complexity than the varietals and comes through as tasty, long and dry. It was bottled in January 2019.
Score: 93, Luis Gutierrez, October 31, 2019
Bright red-ruby. Wild, complex and inviting aromas of dark raspberry, black cherry, animal fur, black pepper and rose petal, plus a complicating savory balsamic quality. Plush and seamless but juicy too, with wild raspberry and subtle torrefaction flavors enlivened by brisk, harmonious acidity. Shows a captivating hint of almost candied, chocolatey sweetness that's nicely leavened by firm supporting acidity and a note of black pepper. Finishes with superb rising length--and no tannic dryness. There's plenty more to come with bottle aging but this highly distinctive Malbec from Patagonia is already delicious--and a terrific value. (spent six months in third-use oak).
Score: 92, Stephen Tanzer, September 2019
Fruity and forward-tasting, with lively berry and red plum flavors that bounce across the palate. The juicy finish shows hints of mocha. Malbec and Merlot. Drink now.
Score: 88, Kim Marcus, December 15, 2019
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