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Bernard Magrez
'Aries' Malbec
Mendoza 2014
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This wonderfully fresh Malbec was produced by Bernard Magrez, owner of 4 Bordeaux Grand Crus including Chateau Pape Clement. Pair with honey barbequed ribs, steak frites, Irish stew, Cajun catfish and smoked pork chops!
91 Points - Jonathan H. Newman!
And a 'Value Buy!'
"This is an accessible and very approachable Malbec with clean and mouth watering fruit including red berries, blackberries, dark chocolate, and vanilla with touches of red flowers, mint and a spice box."
90 Points - WTSO Members!

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  91 - Jonathan H. Newman!
UNIT SIZE 750.00 ml
GRAPE: Malbec
COUNTRY: Argentina
REGION: Mendoza
Bernard Magrez 'Aries' Mendoza Estate Malbec 2014 
By Jonathan H. Newman*
Bernard Magrez 'Aries' Mendoza Estate Malbec 2014 
UNIT SIZE: 750.00 ml
GRAPE: Malbec
COUNTRY: Argentina
REGION: Mendoza
Aries has developed a nice reputation, as it is a delicious Estate Malbec from a producer that is making world-class wines around the globe. Bernard Magrez is well known as the owner of 4 Grand Crus in Bordeaux including Chateau Pape Clement which received 100 points in the Wine Advocate for one of its recent vintages. Magrez is quite proud of his 100% Mendoza Malbec and his partnership with the Bianchi family who has been growing wine there since the 1920s. 2014 was clearly a winemaker’s vintage with its challenges but in the end this Malbec has good color, intensity and structure and was a tribute to the winemaking team. This wine is made in a consumer friendly style and is consistent vintage to vintage. The Aries Estate vineyards comprise 17-year-old vines located in the San Rafael region of Mendoza, at the foothills of the main Andes range. This is an accessible and very approachable Malbec with clean and mouth-watering fruit including red berries, blackberries, dark chocolate, and vanilla with touches of red flowers, mint and a spice box. Pair with honey barbequed ribs, steak frites, Irish stew, Cajun catfish and smoked pork chops.
By Bernard Magrez
'Aries' Malbec Estate Mendoza 2014
Technical Details
Vintage: 2014
Variety: 100% Malbec
Alcohol: 14.00%
Sugar: 5 g/l
Acidity: 4.50 g/l
pH: 3.69
HA: 9000
Type of Harvest: Manual in bins.
Vineyard Notes
Rama Caida, San Rafael, Mendoza, at 750 meters above sea level. Rama Caida is one of the coolest areas in San Rafael. Sandy-calcareous/Sandy-loam soils of alluvial origin.
Fermentation Notes
Smooth milling and classic fermentation in contact with medium toast French and American oak, at a controlled temperature. Separation of liquids and use of free-drain wine, with a little percentage of wine obtained under low pressure using pneumatic press in order to improve structure and complexity. Stabilization and natural maturation in stainless steel tanks before bottling under inert atmosphere to preserve its qualities. French and American oak staves in contact during fermentation.
Tasting Notes
Appealing red-violet color, silky complexity of plums and black cherries with subtle smoky scents. Fresh and intense aromas lead to a persistent mouthfeel. The palate reveals silky tannins with a pleasant final sensation of roundness and harmony.
Harvest Notes
The standouts are the different climatic conditions which made growers and oenologists work especially hard. We saw everything from a late frost, rains at the beginning of the grapes' maturity, to an early frost. Thus, this harvest will be remembered for the hard work it generated, the varied and entertaining situations it created, but above all, because of some surprisingly elegant wines of medium body and structure. The spring began with a somewhat uneven budding in some areas, especially those affected by intense cold when the buds were swollen and with only a few leaves. The different vineyards rapidly balanced out, displaying well-formed clusters, but with fewer grapes than the previous year. That is to say, lighter and looser clusters, but well formed. The growth of buds was quick in general for the different varieties and though the harvest was assumed to be of less quantity than in 2013, we expected a good volume. Nonetheless in November there was a late frost that affected some areas, especially the vineyards located in eastern Mendoza. Thus many vineyards of later budding, such as Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, were not affected. December and January were fairly warm and dry, giving excellent health to the vineyards. However, February was very rainy, though the rainfall varied depending on the area. In Mendoza there was an average of 140 mm that month, more than half of the average yearly rainfall. Though March was much drier, there were some intense rains. The temperatures dropped significantly in February and especially in March. The results of this humid climate were very different according to the regions and vineyards: those which were well balanced, of adequate production and adequate treatment sustained no harm. The potential early harvest was derailed by the February-March climate change, and maturity advanced slowly afterwards. Thus many vineyards were harvested later than usual, between one and two weeks according to zones and varieties, especially Malbec. Towards the end of the period and to complete this varied and lively harvest, there were further rains. But this time without negative effects as the temperature also dropped significantly, reaching below zero degrees centigrade in some cases. This year's red wines are distinguished by their intense color, the fresh, spiced and floral aromas and red and black berries, with medium volume, body and structure in the mouth. I believe it will be a harvest noted for the elegance and freshness of its wines. 
[Information provided by J.H.N.]

*Jonathan Newman was Wine Enthusiasts’ Man of the Year. He also was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, and received national recognition in Marvin Shanken’s Market Watch Magazine and many other international wine publications. He was also awarded the Guild of Sommeliers highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Newman's reviews have been published and quoted extensively online and in print. He travels extensively to many of the major wine growing regions and evaluates many of the wines we source from smaller and boutique wineries. We interact closely with him and the result is his rejection rate of over 96% of the wines evaluated.

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