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May 31, 2021

Weekly Online Offer for May 31

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 5:38 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Our feature this week is the Bodegas El Esteco Malbec – $21.99 (regularly $27.49).

Bodega El Esteco was founded in 1892 by David Michel and Gabriela Torino, is located in the Calchaqui Valley, which is in Argentina’s far northwest province of Salta. With over 1,500 acres of vineyards in one of the world’s highest growing regions for wine, the wines speak of their place of origin. The vineyards start at around 5,500 feet in elevation and rising to over 6,600 feet above sea level. Bordered by two mountain ranges— the Quilmes to the west and the Aconquija to the east create a natural barrier and microclimate.

Abundant sunshine and little rainfall, combined with high altitude create a recipe for a winemaker’s paradise. The region sees as little as six-eight inches of rain in a year so irrigation is a must, allowing the winemaking and viticulture teams to irrigate as they see fit.

The Malbec is dark, concentrated color and grapy, with bark-like aromas open this round, full-bodied red carrying roasted berry and plum flavors with some underbrush tones. Bold and vibrant with chewy tannins. Enjoy with grilled steak.

Bodega El Esteco Malbec (Calchaqui, Argentina) – $21.99 (regularly $27.49)

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