A medium- to full-bodied red, with focused and muscular red berry and cherry flavors that offer plenty of savory notes. Mushroom and forest floor accents on the firm finish. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2019.
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Salentein’s wines have never been better than over the last few vintages. This Malbec-heavy blend is rich, with aromatic notes of raisin, prune, licorice and almond candy. A full, tannic and slightly bumpy palate holds impressive flavors of cassis, black plum, blackberry, toast and peppercorn. On the finish, coffee, toast, mocha, licorice and cassis flavors are deep and delicious. Drink through 2026.
There are some blends, of which I tasted two, starting with the one called 2013 Numina Gran Corte. It combines 62% Malbec, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 4% Merlot from their older vineyards from Los Árboles. The different varieties were harvested at different times and therefore fermented separately in oak vats and after six months in barrel they were blended and put back in barrique to complete an élevage of some 16 months. It's earthy, faintly reduced with some developed aromas, denoting ripeness (maybe the long cycle?) and black rather than red fruit. The Cabernet is quite noticeable in the blend, especially in the texture of the tannins, and the freshness of the vintage shows up in the shape of a fine thread of acidity.
Ripe, loamy blackberry, prune and cassis aromas lead to a structured palate that boasts big, firm tannins. This offers dark, ripe flavors of wild berry, black plum and chocolate prior to a toasty finish that’s largely subtle and smooth. Drink through 2021.
(30% new French oak): Bright ruby. Blackberry, black cherry, licorice pastille and spicy oak on the nose. Good floral lift to the juicy dark berry and oak flavors, along with a slightly inky quality from the Petit Verdot element. Finishes with broad, dusty, ripe tannins and good violet lift. Youthfully bound-up but has the stuffing to age. The Salentein wines are made by Jose Galante, who previously spent 34 years at Catena Zapata and is one of Argentina's Malbec pioneers.
The Numina range has four wines, three varietals and one blend. All of them come from the El Oasis Estate, in the Los Árboles district in the Uco Valley. The 2013 Numina Malbec is produced with a plot planted at 1,200 meters altitude. The nose shows sweet, bright berry fruit and some floral notes with the oak well integrated after some 14 months of aging, plus shows just a lactic hint. The palate is medium to full-bodied, with good weight of fruit and some fine-grained, slightly dusty tannins that point to the need to give it a little bit of time in bottle.
Bright ruby-red. Aromas of dark berries, blackberry, violet and chocolatey oak, complicated by wilder notes of truffle and game. Broad, dry and classic, showing very good breadth but little easy sweetness to its flavors of dark berries, licorice and soy sauce. Really spreads out to coat the palate, but the serious tannins show a slight dryness.
Deep ruby-red. Musky blackberry, spices, licorice and wild herbs on the nose, with complicating notes of tobacco leaf, truffle and game. Juicy, dry and sharply delineated, showing excellent energy to its flavors of berries, spices, earth and flowers. Sophisticated wine with a fine dusting of tannins and excellent persistence.
Buoyant acidity powers the dark currant and kirsch flavors, along the smoky paprika accents. Black olive and beefy notes emerge on the powerful finish. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.
Lots of mineral, licorice and dark berry character aromas follow through to a full body, integrated tannins and a long, spicy, dried fruit and dried herb character. Beautiful finish. A blend of 61% malbec, 21% cabernet sauvignon, 8% merlot, 7% petit verdot and 3% cabernet franc
Lots of mineral, licorice and dark berry character aromas follow through to a full body, integrated tannins and a long, spicy, dried fruit and dried herb character. Beautiful finish. A blend of 61% malbec, 21% cabernet sauvignon, 8% merlot, 7% petit verdot and 3% cabernet franc.
Blackberry, dark plum, ink, coffee and graphite aromas comprise a ripe, clean, Bordeaux-esque bouquet. This five-grape blend is grabby and tannic but just elegant enough. Flavors of prune, blackberry and chocolate cake precede a dark, toasty, oaky finish that's solid in feel. Drink through 2018.
Full, bright medium ruby. Sexy, nuanced nose combines blackberry, cassis, bitter chocolate, licorice, minerals and violet. Pliant, high-toned and very concentrated, boasting lovely depth and intensity to the flavors of dark berries, bitter chocolate, leather and exotic spices. Finishes with ripe, sweet tannins, excellent length and a repeating note of chocolate.
Salentein Numina 2011 won the Gold Medal trophy in the HIGH END BLENDS category. In its 8th edition, the Argentine Wine Awards is a wine contest organized by Wines of Argentina and is considered the most relevant wine competition in the country. Winners were selected from a sampling of 650 wines by a panel of 12 international and 6 Argentine judges.
The blend from this atmospherically-named vineyard is Malbec with 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc and it?s a winner. Dense, deeply colored, yet nuanced on the nose and palate, it?s smooth and silky, with notes of mint, green pepper, violets and sweet vanilla oak. Savory and very long.