Bodega Noemia de Patagonia J. Alberto Malbec 2016
|Brand||Bodega Noemia de Patagonia|
I find similarities between the 2016 J Alberto and the 2013 I tasted some time ago, with strong aromas of Chinese ink and tempera paint. The wine is produced with grapes from a 4.5-hectare organically and biodynamically farmed vineyard that is planted with a field blend of Malbec with some 5% Merlot; the ungrafted vines are now 64 years old. It fermented with indigenous yeasts and 15% full clusters in 5,000-liter stainless steel vats, and most of the volume matured in used barriques for 11 months; 15% of the volume was kept in concrete, and a further 10% matured in eggs. I find common notes with the 2016 A Lisa, with some earthy notes, hints of Band-Aid, singed leather and cured meat, even though it feels milder, and the bright fruit is still in the background and quite strong. The palate reveals a medium-bodied red with fine-grained, abundant tannins and a dry finish, lacking the fine texture I saw in the 2017 tasted next to it. 12,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in January 2017.