Anthony Gismondi on Wine
El Esteco Malbectext

El Esteco Malbec 2015

Calchaqui Valley, Salta, North, ArgentinaBodega El Esteco, founded in 1892 by David Michel and Gabriela Torino, sits at nearly 6000 feet above sea level in the Calchaqui Valley, Salta. Much like the south Okanagan, it sees little more than six inches of rain a year and abundant sunshine. This well made malbec gets a gentle cold maceration in stainless before the alcoholic fermentation. Post ferment, it spends another 25 days on skins before ageing in French and American oak blending new, one, two and three-year-old barrels for one year. The colour is inky black, the nose a mix of fresh red and black fruits. The attack is glossy with raspberry, blackberry, liquorice, and sweet tannins. There is a certain elegance that I’m going to attribute to altitude. Good value. Best with grilled meats. Ready to drink.Tasted: 16 October 2018Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
BC$19.95750mlprivate wine stores
Producer: Bodega El EstecoDistributors: Dandurand
Grape: MalbecCSPC: 60731UPC: 7798136300158