2011 Valentin Bianchi Malbec "Leo Premium"
Winery: Valentin Bianchi
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Leo Premium"
Wine Category: Malbec
Grape blend: 100% Malbec
Region: San Rafael
State or country: Argentina
Cases produced: 5,000
KWG Score: 91 (based on 3 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)
Review date: October 10, 2013
Wine Review: The winemaker at Bianchi must really like "Leo" and his fans, because this wine is fantastic and a steal at $20. It is dark ruby colored and opens with a mild blueberry bouquet with a hint of black cherry and faint new leather. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, nicely balanced, and very refined. The flavor profile is a very tasty blueberry with hints of coffee, black cherry, black plum and gentle oak. It is very complex for a $20 wine. The finish is dry and its fine tannins drift away nicely. I would have to say this is likely the best charity wine that I can remember covering. I would pair it with a filet mignon. Buy it by the case. Cheers – Ken
Winemaker Notes: An intense red color, Valentin Bianchi's Leo's Premium Malbec boasts deep aromas of mature plum and cherries, with strong spice and voluptuous character enhanced by the French oak. The American oak adds complexity and a robust kick. The palate follows the nose, with intense, persistent and elegant, mature tannins, through the long finish. You'll score big points with this wine.
Organic status: not organic
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