2013 Bodega Noemia De Patagonia NoemiaMalbec from Argentina
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"The estate is situated in the Rio Negro Valley, which is 620 miles South of Buenos Aires, 280 miles East of the Andes, 310 miles West of the Atlantic and a further 1240 miles ...
- 97 Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
97 Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Still a baby, the 2013 Noemía is possibly the best ever produced at this address, and I can say so because I had the luxury to taste all the vintages ever produced since 2001 (no 2005 was bottled). This pure Malbec is sourced from a 1.5-hectare vineyard planted in 1932 in Mainque in Río Negro, Patagonia. The wine is always raised in brand new French oak barriques for some 18 months, but it's a wine made for the long haul. Right now there are some notes of exotic woods and spices intermixed with aromas of blueberries, blood oranges, violets and even rose petals and it is developing subtle nuances as the wine warms up in the glass. The palate has a cool effect, maybe it's the acidity or the chalky tannins that stick to your teeth and leave a tasty, umami-like, almost salty sensation of deep coolness in your mouth. Precise and pure, the tannins are sophisticated and the overall balance is superb. My guess is that this will evolve magnificently and for a long time in bottle. As far as track record, even the initial 2001 when tasted in 2015 was not over the hill, and the vineyards and winery work has improved greatly since then, so I'm sure this will be very long-lived. Let's check it back in ten years time. Kudos to winemaker Hans Vinding Diers! 5,500 bottles of this heavenly elixir were produced.
I had the luxury of tasting all the vintages ever produced of Noemía, the greatest wine of Río Negro, while visiting the property with winemaker Hans Vinding Diers. I could clearly see the evolution of the wine over the years, a wine that keeps the profile but has been getting finer, with more purity and precision each harvest, a fact that is especially noticeable since 2010. The 2013 was my favorite overall vintage (but let's wait for the 2015 to finish its élevage!), and after that my ranking would be 2011, 2010, 2007, 2006, 2012, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2002, 2001 and 2003. The 2001 and 2003 are fully resolved by now, but none of the vintages felt over the hill. A wine that is true to its origin and vintage. And let's not forget the other bottlings, from the minuscule Noemía 2 to the more widely available and great value A Lisa. These are wines I could drink every day. You should taste to understand the potential of Río Negro."
"The estate is situated in the Rio Negro Valley, which is 620 miles South of Buenos Aires, 280 miles East of the Andes, 310 miles West of the Atlantic and a further 1240 miles from Tierra del Fuego. In other words, it is located in the middle of the desert. The valley’s microclimate is under the influence of two rivers deriving from the Andes, the Neuquen and the Limay which form into the Rio Negro, which throws itself into the Atlantic. The Rio Negro valley is an ex glacier which is 310 miles long and 15,5 miles large at 250 yards above sea level. In 1828, the British colonies, having observed the large amounts of water flowing in the river, decided to create channels which would irrigate the valley thus forming a type of oasis in the middle of the desert.
After making wine from our Noemía single vineyard since 2001, we have localized the various different “lots” (plots) and have ended up by dividing the 1,5 hectare into 5 “lots”. Each one having differences in soil composition and exposure to the natural elements.We pick each lots at different times due to the diverse maturity the different soils provide.
The vineyard is 1,5 hectares. The vines were planted in 1932. The vines are pre phelloxera period, “pied franco” and Massale selection, meaning that each vine is genetically different unlike the common clonal type. All of our 11 hectares of estate vineyards are both cultivated organically Bio-Dynamically and are certified by Argencer & Demeter.On the farm we produce ourselves 7 out of 8 Bio-Dynamic preparations (502, 503, 504, 506, 507) with exclusively our own raw material.We also do our own horn manure (500) and Bio-Dynamic composts." - Winery
97 - Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
|Taste||pepper, earth, green, plum, mocha and currant|
|Nose||spice, earth, currant and cherry|