About 60% of the grapes used in the production of Ruca Malen Malbec are grown in Lujan at an altitude of 950 meters above sea level. Planted in 1994 using vertical trellising, the average yield is 9.5 tons. The soil in Lujan is deep and silty, rocky in depth, with good drainage. The remaining 40% of the grapes come from a vineyard located in the Uco Valley at 1050 meters above sea level. Planted in 1992 using vertical trelissing in sandy loam soil that is rocky with excellent drainage and very poor in organic matter, it renders an average yield of 9 tons/hectare.
- pH: 3.70
- Acidity: 5.25 grams/liter
The grapes from Lujan were harvested in mid-April, whereas those from the Uco Valley were harvested slightly earlier in early April. A sorting table operated by 4 women is used for careful selection of quality bunches. Pre-fermentative maceration was carried out at 8ºC for 5 days with 1 pigeage per day. After the inoculation of selected yeasts, fermentation lasted 8-10 days at temperatures of 26-28°C in stainless steel tanks. Maceration occurred over 21 days with 4 pump-overs per day during the first 4 days, plus 2 delestages within that time. Malolactic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks. It was then transferred into oak barrels, 80% French and 20% American, of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd use to age for 10-12 months.
On the nose, it shows red and black fruit that is reminiscent of cherries and plums. A floral character brings in violet aromas to create layers of complexity. It is concentrated and juicy, yet very elegant in the mouth with sweet, velvety tannins. And edge of acidity makes it very fresh with a long and very persistent finish.
Pairs well with grilled red meats, as well as empanadas and rice dishes.
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2007 - Wine Spectator
2007 - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - 88 points
2010 - Wine Spectator - 87 points
2007 - Wine Enthusiast - 89 points
2011 - Steven Tanzer's IWC - 87 points
Bright red-ruby. Blackberry, bitter chocolate, pepper and spices on the nose. Pliant, sweet and light on its feet, with a round, tactile mouth feel to the flavors of berries, spices and herbs. Plusher than the Yauquen, and broader and sweeter on the finish, avoiding the greenness of the 2008 Yauquen bottling.
The purple-colored 2007 Malbec has a perfume of smoke, violets, black cherry, and plum. Supple and smooth-textured, it has attractive flavors but could use more depth and concentration. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.
Light and pleasingly ripe in its flavors, this wine has fruit that’s a touch candied as it glides along the palate. Ready to drink with aged Manchego.
Meaty, dense and rich aromas, with driving scents of prune, licorice, blackberry and cola. The palate is healthy and rich, and it jeeps in step with flavors of blackberry, dark plum and savory spice. Finishes lightly roasted and dark, with a saucy aftertaste that separates it from the masses. A lusty Malbec to drink now.