Mendel Unus 2011

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Incredible dark purple color. The aromas of dark cherries, plums and roasted cocoa come leaping out of the glass. This is a big but very suave wine with layers of ripe cherry and berry fruits, and the cocoa and vanilla flavors simply make this wine's finish go on and on and on. There are loads of ripe, soft tannins, so this wine will certainly age beautifully for a decade or longer, but the temptation to drink it right away may be too much to resist.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country Argentina
Region Mendoza
Appellation Lujan de Cuyo
Brand Mendel
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
  • wa93

Wine AdvocateThe 2011 Unus is a blend of 65% old un-grafted Malbec, 25% younger Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot from Perdriel, Mayor Drummond and Altamira, aged in new French oak barrels for 16 months. The nose is elegant and complex with subtle notes of soil, a little backward, combining ripe and fresh notes of fruit, hints of cured meats, orange peel, with a great sense of harmony. The palate is full-bodied, a good combination of the backbone of the Cabernet Sauvignon, the meat of the Malbec and a good punch in the palate helped by the Petit Verdot. The blend works really well, both in the nose and the palate. A great blend, quite classical, that should age well. Drink now-2020.

Luis Gutierrez, April 2014
  • ws88

Wine SpectatorHigh-toned, sporting an oaky veneer to the polished yet chewy plum skin and cassis fruit. The finish is firm, with hints of charred herb and espresso. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Drink now. 300 cases imported.

Nathan Wesley, 2013