Punto Final Malbec Clasico 2011

Winemakers: Alberto Antonini and Pablo Profili.
Varietal Composition:
From Uco Valley (1.100 m.a.s.l. – poor soils), Luján de Cuyo (980 m.a.s.l. – intermediate soils) and Medrano (750 m.a.s.l. – rich soils).
More than 50 years old, with yields of less than 10 Tn per Ha.
By hand in plastic bins.
Manual cluster selection.
3 days at 8ºC.
Alcoholic Fermentation:
With native yeasts during 7 days in stainless steel tanks at temperatures between 24 and 25ºC.
Malolactic Fermentation:
In stainless steel tanks.
A slight touch of French oak to add complexity yet maintaining the fruit.
14.0%, pH 3.65, residual sugar 2.00 g/l, total acidity 5.4 g/l.

The Wine Advocate 90 points (2008 vintage)

The unoaked 2008 Punto Final Clasico contains 97% Malbec and 3% Cabernet Franc aged for 10 months in stainless steel. It was sourced from own-rooted vineyards over 50 years of age. Made in a late-harvest style, this deep purple-colored wine reveals a nose of spice box, incense, and black cherry. Layered and rich on the palate, it conceals some ripe underlying tannin that should allow the wine to provide pleasure over the next 4 years. It is an amazing fruit bomb for $ 10!

 Wine Spectator 88 points (2008 vintage)

“A forward, juicy style, with blackberry and licorice notes that stay lively on the medium-weight finish”.

Wine&Spirits 89 points (2007 vintage)

“International in style, this shows oak influence in scents of vanilla and caramel, while malbec´s violet aromas and generous chocolate flavors come through soft and round”.

Austral Spectator Among the 60 best Argentine wines for 2009 (2007 vintage)

Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Best Buy for 2007 – 90 points (2006 vintage)

Color, power, flavor and commendable balance; that´s pretty much the format for Punto Final, one of Argentina´s go-to brands for Malbec. This youngster is ripe and ready, and it holds form to a long finish. If it seems a little young and clumsy upon pouring, air it aout and it will improve. Imported by Winebow.

Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Best Buy for 2006 – 91 points (2005 vintage)

One of the year´s best wine values has to be this fully riped and totally structured Malbec made by Alberto Antonini and Pablo Profili. The color almost gives away its power; and if not, the aromas of marinated meat, plum and blackberry essence will. Saturated, thick and modern, but made right. Perfect with beef.

Decanter Gol Medal (2008 vintage)

Stephen Tanzer´s 89 points (2009 vintage)

Robert Parker 87 points (2009 vintage)

Color: Purple with flashes of violet

Aroma: Red fruit, berry, plum and black currant, with notes of black pepper and clove.

Mouth: Full-bodied, oily and with round intense tannins, good acid and a long finish.

Pairing: Red meat, game meat, flavorful sauces and intense cheeses.

Service Temperature: 17-18°C

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