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2011 Elelin Vineyard Cabernet and Malbec Half Case

Mixed Half Case • Cabernet Sauvignon • Malbec • Argentina • Patagonia • Neuquén • Red Wine

Sale expired on October 31, 2013
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3 x 2011 Elelin Vineyard Selection Patagonia Cabernet Sauvignon

3 x 2011 Elelin Vineyard Selection Patagonia Malbec

Patagonia. Just the thought of it evokes adventure, discovery and perhaps a brightly colored puffy jacket. All of these things were on my mind when I sipped these wines for the first time. Well, except for the jacket, as it was summer in Argentina when I visited. The Elelin wines of Eduardo Cáceres Caballero opened my eyes to the vast winemaking possibilities on the frontiers of South America. Show your friends that you're no slouch when it comes to great wines from far-off places. Your wallet will like your adventurous side, too.

—Nicole Niebisch

Nicole Niebisch has worked in the wine industry for the past decade. She started in New York restaurants as a sommelier and, prior to joining Lot18, spent five years working for Folio Fine Wine Partners, an importer and producer of wines from several of the world's top regions. Nicole holds certificates from the Society of Wine Educators and the American Sommelier Association, and the Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. Read more about Nicole here, or follow her on Twitter.

2011 Elelin Vineyard Selection Patagonia Malbec

Tasting Notes

This approachable red greets the nose with lovely red fruit aromas of strawberry and raspberry, together with a hint of spice. Similar flavors coat the palate with the addition of a wonderful red plum jam component mixed in. This medium-bodied Malbec has just enough acidity to keep it all light on the tongue and enough smooth tannins to rank this red a step above similar wines in this price point. A true delight, this wine will please an array of wine lovers. Serve it with light hors d'oeuvres and charcuterie.

2011 Elelin Vineyard Selection Patagonia Cabernet Sauvignon

Tasting Notes

Here's an outstanding example of cool-climate Cab. With a medium-intense, deep ruby color, this red reveals aromas of ripe red fruits such as raspberry and sour cherry, with a hint of candy apple. On the palate, those deliciously approachable red fruits coat the palate without overwhelming it. The tannins are soft and appealing, and the acidity lifts it all just enough to make this Cab the perfect choice for either sipping on its own or serving with a cheese plate, charcuterie, salmon steaks or hearty pasta dishes. It's a true crowd-pleaser. Enjoy this lovely red now through 2015.


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