Bodega Noemia de Patagonia J. Alberto Malbec 2016 - Vine Republic
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Bodega Noemia de Patagonia J. Alberto Malbec 2016
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Bodega Noemia de Patagonia J. Alberto Malbec 2016

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These 4 hectares of vines were planted in 1955, the plants are massal selection ungrafted rootstock; they are not at all clonal and each one is genetically different from the others. The vineyard is 95% Malbec interplanted with 5% Merlot. It is irrigated up to 4 times a year using a traditional flooding method, with naturally very pure water from the Rio Negro, which is the life of our valley. The vineyard has not been treated at all, no sprays, no sulphites; it is certified organic and cultivated using biodynamic practices.
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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.

Luis Gutierrez, June 29, 2018