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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Luigi Bosca Iconotext
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Luigi Bosca Icono 2011

Mendoza, ArgentinaYou can tell this is the 'icon wine' of the winery, even without knowing the name is Icono. This has to be the heaviest bottle I've ever hefted, clocking in at 4lbs, 6oz before opening. Ouch. Inside is a 57/43 malbec/cabernet sauvignon blend, from 90+ year old vines at 1050m, from Finca Los Nobles, in Las Compuertas, Luján de Cuyo. After a stainless ferment and 15 day maceration with regular pumpovers, this aged in new French oak for 6 months, after which the top barrels are blended again, and back into another batch of new French barrels for another year. That's 200% new French oak! The concentration from these old wines is palpable, as is the heavy treatment in the winery, through the dense, chewy potency of this wine. Ultra ripe (now browning), with browning cherry, tobacco, leather, dark cocoa, worn cedar staves on a slow, brooding palate. There is a surprising amount of freshness, but not nearly enough to carry the density of this massive wine. So much, of so much, is too much.Tasted: 27 March 2021Tasted by: Prices: BC 150.00 private wine shops Producer: Luigi BoscaDistributors: Pacific Wine & Spirits Inc.
Blend: Malbec - Cabernet SauvignonUPC: 7791203001460