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Abracadabra! The wines of Argentina’s Antucura winery start with excellent soils, varietals and technical ability, but it takes an extraordinary winemaker’s intuition to truly understand the magic of each of these elements. French winemaker Hervé Chagneau and Antucura’s owner Anne-Caroline Biancheri have worked their mojo to create this classic 2013 Intuition Malbec Mendoza. Elegant and beautifully structured, this bright ruby red is unoaked, with a balance of ripe berry fruit and freshness. Engaging, pleasantly restrained and complex, the trick is to open this quaffable wine an hour before drinking.
Antucura Winery sits in the Uco Valley, a little jewel with stony, alluvial soils similar to the galets of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Located in the Mendoza region -- regarded as the cradle of premium Argentine wines -- Antucura’s 233-acre vineyard rests at the foot of the Andes Mountains in the town of Vista Flores. The sun shines more than 250 days each year and the wide temperature variance between day and night encourages the optimum ripening of the grapes. This 2013 Intuition is 100% Malbec with a magical tale of its own to tell each wine lover who uncorks a bottle.
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In addition to brilliantly applying classic techniques of French-winemaking at her Andean vineyards, Antucura owner Anne-Caroline Biancheri is a wine educator and a successful publisher of books about wine, inspired by the Argentine terroir. Her books are part of an 8,000-volume library that lines the walls of Casa Antucura, a grand 4-star 8-room hotel located on the vineyard estate. When you open your next bottle of 2013 Intuition Malbec, imagine sitting by the fire in the Antucura finca, gazing at a spectacular panorama of the Andes. Then draw a book off the library shelf and settle in for a good read while enjoying a thoroughly satisfying wine.
Intense and brilliant color, with violet reflections. The nose is perceived typicality of Malbec like ripe red fruit and floral aromas. The palate entry denotes a full, soft and lush with sweet tannins and very present, has a final round with notes of cherries, sour cherries and blackberries
Ancient traditions run deep in this part of the world. And while making wine here is a relatively modern pursuit the foundations of the Antucura Winery are as old as the Stone Age. The name of the winery translates to “Sun Stone” in Mapudungun, the age-old language of the Mapuche people, the original inhabitants of the Valle de Uco. This part of Argentina, a starkly beautiful place on the foothills of the Andes Mountains, comprises one of Argentina’s best zones for grape growing.
Pair with grilled skirt steak with freshly made chimichurri sauce.