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2011 Valentin Bianchi Malbec "Leo Premium"

Winery: Valentin Bianchi

Vintage: 2011

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Leo Premium"

Wine Category: Malbec

Grape blend: 100% Malbec

Region: San Rafael

State or country: Argentina

Price: $20

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

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Leo 2011 Premium Malbec.

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