Malbec 2003

"Las Compuertas" Vineyard, Mendoza. 1,067 metres / 3,500 feet above sea level
1067m

The pure expression of Las Compuertas Malbec

Vintage Notes
2003

The 2003 vintage had optimal conditions, featuring brilliantly sunny days, cool nights and minimal rain. The preceding winter was cold and dry, with excessive snow in the Andes Mountains filling the high altitude aquifers which feed our vineyards with pure melted snow runoff. A Zonda wind pushed temperatures above historical averages and generated an early spring, followed by a warm and dry summer. January and February featured a heat wave, where temperatures at times reached 20 year highs. As a result, the vines held lower average cluster weight. The autumn was also sunny, yet cooler, adding to the healthy sugar concentration in grapes.

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Oak barrel aging grants an opulent introduction of raspberry and cherry jam that is elegantly completed with vanilla, bitter chocolate and candied orange peel notes. Mouth-filling and silky, enjoy a voluptuous, full structure, with sweet texture and polished tannins.
Ratings
Wine & Spirits – 92 pts “A hot vintage in Mendoza caramelized the fruit in this opulent malbec, the sweetness intensifying the round texture. Strong tannins provide balance and strength, a match for lamb” Wine Spectator – 91 pts “A polished, modern style, with creamy layers of mocha and spice covering almost exotically ripe plum and blackberry fruit. Long, plush finish pumps out more of the same. Drink now through 2008” Wine Advocate – 90 pts “The 2003 Malbec Afincado is inky purple with brooding, cedar, pencil lead, blackberry, and black cherry aromatics. It has a deep core of fruit, layered flavors, ripe tannins, and a lengthy finish. It will benefit from 3-5 years of additional bottle age and drink nicely through 2020” Jay Miller International Wine Challenge - Silver Medal Decanter Magazine, World Wine Awards - Silver Medal International Wine & Spirits – Bronze Medal

THE WINE

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2003 Mendoza
Rating

The 2003 vintage had optimal conditions, featuring brilliantly sunny days, cool nights and minimal rain. The preceding winter...

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THE WINE

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Afincado Single Vineyard Las Compuertas Malbec
2002 Mendoza
Rating
Wine Spectator - 90

A fresh and complex fruit aroma, with remarkable cherry, raspberry...

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