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Rated Best Malbec Over $20 At Decanter World Wine Awards

Multi Gold Medal Winner Around The World


I first heard about this wine when it won the Decanter World Wine Awards and I have been hunting it down ever since and after tasting last week I was smitten. I grabbed as much as I could but sadly everyone wants the wine and our allocation was cut in half. This is a top echelon, pinnacle Malbec of the highest order. If it were a Napa Cab it would be over a hundred dollars a bottle. The wine won best Malbec over $20 by Decanter beating out hundreds of contenders. The wine is the 2011 Bodega Raffy Malbec Reserve and is an incredible big red at its price point. Bodega Raffy was founded in 2007 by Frenchman Jean-Louis Raffy, a university professor with a passion for wine, who fell in love with a high quality wine producing area in Tupungato, Uco Valley, Mendoza. The vineyards of Bodega Raffy are located at 1250m (4000ft) above sea-level, benefiting from high sunlight intensity during the day; increasing grape color and maturity and cooling winds during the night; preserving natural acidity and freshness of aromas. The higher the altitude, the higher the ultraviolet radiation, this helps to stimulate and create richer tannins, while the inclination of the slopes improves drainage. The terroir is a wonderful combination of stony, sandy and calcareous soil, which was formed during the Quaternary era by alluvial erosions of the Andes. They make great wine. I think a large part of the wine superb quality has to do with the fact that vines used to make this wine are 50 years of age, yields are kept very low only 39 hectoliters per hectare and Mr. Raffy has employed the same wine maker as famed Chateau Le Gay and Chateau La Violette in Pomerol to make the wines. These are some of the finest Chateau's in Pomerol, sell for $200 to $500 a bottle. Only 1300 cases made and most has been gobbled up in Europe. I strongly recommend!

DECANTER, World Wine Awards Decanter 2012 "Best Malbec over $20 in Argentina" (Decanter looked at hundreds of wine to select this wine)
Gold Medal: San Francisco International Wine Competition, Selection Mondiale des Vins,Canada, Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, Belgium, Shenzhen International Competition, Vinus International Competition China.

Very dark, like elderberry juice, with deep purple rim and black core. Inviting, intense but not overly sweet dark fruit, with a hint of violets but also something more savoury and mineral. Already surprisingly complex even in it youth. Firm, rich, dense but not heavy. Kept lively and juicy at the end by the freshness and the purity of the fruit.

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