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2012 Bodegas Bianchi Malbec "Leo"

Valentin Bianchi 2012 Leo Malbec

Winery: Bodegas Bianchi

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Leo"

Wine Category: Malbec

Grape blend: 100% Malbec

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Mendoza

State or country: Argentina

Price: $12

Cases produced: 35,000

KWG Score: 88.3 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (88)

Review date: October 8, 2013

Wine Review: Most charity wines are gimmicky and not very good. Not this one! This dark ruby colored Malbec is made for Argentine soccer superstar Leo Messi’s Charity Foundation. It opens with a ripe black cherry bouquet with a hint of blackberry and twig. On the palate, this wine is a ripe black cherry with notes of acai berry and a hint of oak. The finish is dry and its flavors drift away nicely. I would pair this nice entry level Malbec with a juicy bacon burger with sautéed mushrooms. It also gives back to socially disadvantaged children. Salute! – Ken

Winemaker Notes: Violet and intense red defines the color of this classic Malbec. In the nose, the plum and black cherries stand out, with subtle smokiness behind the fruit. The freshness and vigorous aromas attest to the wine's Argentine pedigree, with sweet tannins and a silky mouthfeel bolstered by great structure. There is roundness and harmony, all the way through the pleasant finish. You’ll score big points with this wine.

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