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Argentina, Agrelo - Mendoza


Casarena Single Vineyard Jamilla Malbec 2012

94 pts Robert Parker Jr's The Wine Advocate (LG)

Awards, Reviews and other Notes

95 pts Descorchados – Patricio Tapia 2016
Vibrant, generous in red flavors, and far too seductive. Ideal with pizza, hamburgers, or barbeque… and many other things.
94 pts Robert Parker Jr's The Wine Advocate (LG)
The 2012 Malbec Jamilla's Vineyard is a subtle Malbec from a vineyard in Perdriel. It is a little closed and is a wine you need to coax. It has a mineral profile, and ends very tasty with that tactile feeling akin to licking stones that leaves a somewhat salty sensation. The nose is very subtle, a little shy, and slowly opens up and reveals a serious, dare I say mineral, stony profile, where the nose takes you to the gravels found on the soils. Lovely Perdriel, more about the place than the grape. There are only 12 hectares of vineyards in Jamilla's, so quite a small vineyard for the Argentinean standards. There's not a huge variation in soils and I see some commonalities with the Syrah here. Two great terroir wines.

92 pts Stephen Tanzer's IWC (ST)
(from rocky, limestone-rich soil): Deep red with ruby tones. Much higher-pitched on the nose than the Lauren’s Vineyard bottling, with blackberry and licorice scents lifted by flowers and minerals. At once dense and lively, offering a light touch and terrific inner-mouth energy to the youthfully imploded dark fruit flavors. Showing much less oak influence than the Lauren’s despite the fact that both of these wines were aged for 12 months in new French barrels. Finishes with a firm spine and serious length. Hold this for a few years. -- Stephen Tanzer

90 pts James Suckling Rich and generous with loads of fruit that verges on jammy but then turns fresh at the finish. Full body, round tannins and flavorful finish. Like this better than the 2011. Better in 2016.

90 pts Wine Spectator
A big, ripe red, with notes of dried meats accenting the berry and cherry tart flavors. Creamy and lush midpalate, offering a peppery finish filled with smoke and spice flavors. Drink now through 2019. 1,200 cases made. –KM

Winemaker Notes

When we built Casarena, we purchased vineyards that were planted with the original clone Malbec, first brought to prime sub regions of Lujan de Cuyo.

This vineyard is planted in rocky soils with a high limestone content. The vines struggle as there is precious little moisture retention in the soil. Grapes are harvested by hand and table sorted before being gravity fed into concrete tanks for plunging and fermenting.

Maceration on skins lasts roughly 14 days adding texture and color. The wine is then racked to barrels for 15 months before being bottled with a very light fining and coarse filtration. The fruit is explosive and leaps out the glass before coating the palate in broad, dark berry flavors and bold, slippery tannins. A real attention getter!

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