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VAL DE FLORES MENDOZA


TECHNICAL SHEET


APPELLATION / Valle de Uco - Mendoza

GRAPE-VARIETY / 100% Malbec.

VINEYARD AREA / 10 hectares

AGE OF THE VINES / More than 50 years old.

SOILS / Alluviums and deep silts.

VINIFICATION / 

- Manual grapes picking and double sorting.

- Gravity feed, pigeage in small concrete tanks and barrel fermentation.

- Malolactic fermentation in new french oak barrels.

AGEING / 18 months in the same barrels.

PRODUCTION / 30.000 bottles .

FIRST VINTAGE / 2002

 

TASTING


Realized in  january 2011

  • VINTAGE 2006

Color : deep ruby with a fuchsia hue.

Nose : underbrush, leather, mushroom, with notes of toasted oak after aeration.

Palate : fleshy with hints of vanilla and oak. The finish is balanced between tobacco and raisins, with an overall classical elegance and good taste. A genuine and harmonious wine.

 

  • VINTAGE 2007

Color : deep ruby with a purple hue.

Nose : fresh with jammy red berries (strawberry, raspberry) blackberries and blueberries, along with aromas of oak/vanilla and a hint of mineral.

Palate : chewy, fruity, vibrant, full of liveliness and freshness right up to the finish, lingering on liquorice notes. A brilliant and inspiring wine.

 

 

THEY SPOKE ABOUT IT…


  • VINTAGE 2003

>> INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR – 93 PTS

>> DECANTER ****

… Proof you can make wine with just Malbec. This is a beautiful floral aroma and a fantastically smooth, complex and rich palata, with great balance. Wonderful wine.

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  • VINTAGE 2004

>> WINE SPECTATOR – 91 PTS

>> INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR – 92 PTS

Deep ruby-red. Perfumed aromas of black raspberry, truffle, roasted nuts, minerals and espresso, complicated by sexy oak tones. Very rich, smooth and seamless; has the lush, round texture of liquid velvet. Wonderfully dense, creamy, superripe wine with complex flavors of dark raspberry, graphite and chocolatey torrefaction. As with the 2003, this finishes with very fine tannins and impressive persistence

 

>> WINE ADVOCATE – 92 PTS

Wine Advocate #174 – Dec 2007

My highest mark goes to the magnificent 2002 Val de Flores. Fashioned from 100% old vine (50-60 years) Malbec aged 14 months in new French oak, it boasts a sensational purple color to the rim as well as a super perfume of plums, blackberries, minerals, toast, and flowers. A wine of great intensity, sumptuous richness, gorgeous freshness, and a vigorous personality, this 20,000 bottle cuvée exhibits tremendous texture as well as length, and impressive accessibility. Consume it over the next 10-12 years.

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  • VINTAGE 2005

>> WINE ADVOCATE  – 94 PTS

Wine Advocate #180 – Dec 2008

The 2005 Malbec is more evolved and broader on the palate than its younger sibling as well as smoother in texture. However, it does not have as much aging potential although it is a powerful effort by any measure. It should be at its best from 2012 to 2023.

These top-notch offerings from Val de Flores are known as -The Rolland Collection- after the peripatetic vigneron Michel Rolland who made them. The two Malbecs are first-class.

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  • VINTAGE 2006

>> WINE ADVOCATE – 93 PTS

Wine Advocate #180 – Dec 2008

The 2007 Val de Flores Malbec was sourced from vines over 50 years of age and aged in French oak for 14 months. It is a glass-coating opaque purple color with an expressive bouquet of balsam wood, Asian spices, incense, lavender, black cherry, and blueberry. Full-bodied and mouth-coating, this intensely flavored, impeccably balanced Malbec has the stuffing to evolve for several more years and will offer a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2022.

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  • VINTAGE 2007

>> WINE ADVOCATE – 92 PTS

Wine Advocate #192 – Dec 2010

The purple/black 2006 Malbec reveals a superb bouquet of pain grille, mineral, violets, espresso, black cherry, and black berry. Full-bodied, dense, and massive on the palate, this opulent wine has layers of savory, spicy flavor, great depth and concentration, as well as 6-8 years of aging potential. Cellar this serious effort through 2015 and enjoy it for another 15 years thereafter.

These top-notch offerings from Val de Flores are known as -The Rolland Collection- after the peripatetic vigneron Michel Rolland who made them. The two Malbecs are first-class.

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  • VINTAGE 2010

>> INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR – 91 PTS

(mostly old-vines malbec; aged 14 months in new French oak): Bright saturated ruby. Musky aromas of blackberry, violet, truffle and smoked meat; reductive and rather syrah-like. Lush on entry, then smooth and wild in the middle, with a saline character to its flavors of blackberry, cocoa powder and nutty oak. Very broad and full but not heavy thanks to a lovely combination of sweetness and supporting acidity. Classically dry, resounding finish shows suave tannins and terrific length. This should be a crowd-pleaser.