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Ever since it was first described as 'the end of the earth' by Charles Darwin - ironic in a way, since it inspired a book called 'On the Origin of Species' - Patagonia has had mythic status for its remoteness and awe-inspiring beauty. It is now emerging as a source of unique wines with a too-good-to-be-true story - one of the least populated and least polluted habitats on earth, the Andes, endless windswept plains, dinosaur bones, penguins - and now, astonishingly, wine. Bodega Noemía is a...
- 94 Points -
J Alberto is a field blend of Malbec with 5% Merlot, all sourced from a vineyard planted in Mainqué in 1955. Continuing the move away from oak, this is aged in concrete eggs, stainless steel and older wood. Silky and subtle, with fine red berry fruit, a herbal undertone and a twist of white pepper.See detailed press review
- 94+ POINTS -
I love the serious and balanced 2017 J Alberto, a single-vineyard bottling from a field blend that is mostly Malbec with some 5% Merlot. It fermented with 20% full clusters and natural yeasts for three weeks. It then had an élevage of 11 months, when 15% of the volume was kept in egg-shaped vats, 20% in concrete tanks and the rest in used barriques and demi-muids. It's a moderate 12.5% alcohol and seems to have less influence from oak and better freshness. It has bright acidity and is almost effervescent, with citrus freshness. It is light to medium-bodied with red berry, pomegranate and blood orange freshness. Hans Vinding Diers explained that the end of the fermentation was without skins (they pressed before it finished), which helped to polish the grainy tannins that this wine sometimes has. This is so easy to drink it could be dangerous! It's the lightest, freshest J Alberto I can remember.See detailed press review