Graffito Malbec, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina, 2017
Overview of the Wine
Graffito is winemaker Jimena Lopez's small personal project.
- The vineyards for these wines come from very special small parcels - one originally planted in 1908.
- Old vines are the halmark here and they produce inky wines - hence the name Graffito.
- While the wines are dark in color, Jimena still show cases elegance with the structure.
Over the last 15 years, Jimena Lopez developed a very personal set of fine winemaking principles: use great fruit from old vines in a special location, handle all the winemaking steps herself, and put her stamp of approval (a thumbprint) on the label. Jimena's lifelong plan has been to craft a wine using these principles, so when she came across the 7-acre, Cantella vineyard in Lujan de Cuyo farmed entirely by Don Pepe and his family, she finally put her plan into action. This low yield Malbec vineyard planted by his father in 1908 produces small, intense berries that produce a wine not only with deep dark color, like graffito, but also amazing concentration, complexity and structure.
Jimena believes that good winemaking is simple winemaking. It starts in the vineyard with quality grapes. Beyond this, she believes in 3 key principles to make great wine: know-how, obsession for details, and above all passion.
Cantella vineyard is 7 acres and is located in Pedriel in Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza. This Malbec vineyard is farmed by Don Pepe and his family and was originally planted by his father in 1908.
- The average elevation of the vineyard is 3,051.
- All vineyard work is done by hand including harvest.
- Traditional fermentation. No fining and light filtration.
- Aged in French oak for 12 months. 70% new and 30% 2nd use.
- 750 cases produced
Grape / BlendMalbec
Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina
90 Points - Wine Advocate
The 2017 Malbec mixes grapes from Alto Agrelo and Altamira, fermented with selected yeasts, it's ripe and juicy, with little effect of the oak in the aromatics and flavors, as 40% of the volume was unoaked. It's very floral and a little grapey, showy and aromatic, from a healthy and ripe year that Jimena considers exceptional. It has complexity and great natural acidity, it's juicy and ripe, soft and with round tannins, very drinkable. 21,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in October 2018.
Attractive purple flowers and blueberries intermingle with cassis on the nose. The palate has a fresh and lithe, juicy feel that carries very fresh, even and long into the soft, approachable finish. Drink or hold.
90 Points - Vinous
Bright ruby-red. Ripe, wild aromas of black fruits and game plus a floral nuance. Juicy and energetic on the palate, showing good complexity and violet lift to its dark fruit and mineral flavors. This nicely concentrated wine finishes with firm but smooth tannins and noteworthy length. With its verve and subtle flavor intensity, it's delicious right now. This Malbec was aged in about 25% new oak, with the winery using some 500-liter barrels for the first time in 2017.
Product size: 750ml