The 2011 Mendel Malbec comes from un-grafted 85-year-old vines in Mayor Drummond at 980 meters altitude on clay and rolling stones soils, in Lujan de Cuyo, aged for 12 months in one-third new, one-third second-use and one-third third-use French oak barrels. The yields are kept low to get this intensity of fruit. It has a sweet nose of blackberries, floral notes and spicy overtones (vanilla and cinnamon), with smoky aromas intermixed with aromatic herbs. The palate is medium-bodied with elegant, sweet tannins, intense flavors, persistence and length. Great Malbec at great price. Drink now-2018.
Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate #212, Apr 2014, 92 points