Don Miguel Gascón 2008 Reserva Malbec and Don Miguel Gascón 2009 Argentina Malbec. Two Wines, One Word . . Great

Gason Malbec and Reserva Don Miguel Gascón 2008 Reserva Malbec

Big, mighty and black, this Argentinean wine is awesome. We loved it with game, cheese and any hearty fare. So will you. It is complex and could use 24 house of breathing or some years of ageing, but is delicious now.

2008 Don Miguel Gascon Reserva Malbec – $25.00 SRP

 
Mendoza is a mountainous province at the foot of the Andes Mountains in Cuyo, a region along the western edge of Argentina. Mendoza, regarded as the most important wine producing province in Argentina, makes over 80% of Argentinean wine. Mendoza’s high valleys, each at a different elevation and with a different temperature profile, sustain a multitude of microclimates. The high altitude allows for intense sunlight that produces fruit with thicker skins. This delivers extraordinary color, body, aroma and structure, and creates unique flavor and aromatic expressions in the finished wine.
Description
Burgeoning with distinctive dark fruit flavors and aromas, Don Miguel Gascón Reserva Malbec is a rich, signature style Malbec. The wine opens with deep, complex flavors of black cherry, plum, and dark forest berry, which are complemented by hints of chocolate and black pepper. Rounded tannins and final notes of brown spice and oak combine to create a firm, persistent finish.
Viticulture Notes
The 2008 growing season in Mendoza began with a warmer than usual Spring, but temperatures dropped during flowering. The cooler weather conditions resulted in smaller berry set than usual naturally decreasing the yield on Malbec. The exceptionally dry summer, plus the low amount of fruit per plant, caused the physiological ripening of sugars to accelerate but the phenological ripening of polyphenols to slow down. Consequently, veraison occured 7 – 10 days later than normal in most areas. In late January, some precipitation moved in which lowered temperatures and brought the physiological and phenological ripening processes back into synchronization. The month of February saw rather unstable weather throughout the region, with some isolated thunder and hail storms. The isolated nature of the precipitation meant that each vineyard received several light to medium rains throughout the month. The extremely low yields, combined with well drained soils, meant that there were very few growing issues in the vineyards. March did not receive as much precipitation as February but did experience a consistent drop in temperatures. As the grapes entered into the last month of ripening, the conditions were excellent for an outstanding vintage. Both February and March saw lower than normal temperatures, allowing for even ripening and longer hang times. The fruit also maintained excellent levels of natural acidity, lending freshness and vibrancy to the grapes. The month of April was dry and very cool. The grapes continued to develop very nicely and had exceptional levels of concentration and complexity during harvest. By the second week of April, a completely abnormal frost accelerated the leaf falling of the plants, allowing the last vineyards of the Uco Valley in Mendoza to concentrate even more before harvest.
Winemaking Notes
The grapes were harvested by hand in the early morning hours, then underwent cold maceration for four days at temperatures not exceeding 10°C (50°F) to achieve optimum extraction of the deep purple, violet berries. Maceration prior to fermentation also aids in the development of black fruit varietal aromas in the finished wine. To preserve the fruit flavors, primary fermentation occurred at around 28°C (82°F).
Oak Aging
15 months in 225L American and French Oak, medium toast.
Varietal Content:
92% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc
Varietal Origin:
Agrelo and Uco Valley, Mendoza
Titratability Acidicity:
0.55g/100ml
pH:
3.7
Alcohol Level:
14.65%
Residual Sugar:
0.34g/100ml
Argentine Table Wine, ©2009 Gascon USA, Hayward, CA. All rights reserved.

 

It’s sister, while less intense is still terrific and more approachable at this point in time. Great dinner wine, from chicken to meatloaf.The price is also a bargain.

 

Don Miguel Gascón 2009 Argentina Malbec

2009 Don Miguel Gascon Malbec – $14.00 SRP

Mendoza is a mountainous province at the foot of the Andes Mountains in Cuyo, a region along the western edge of Argentina. Mendoza, regarded as the most important wine producing province in Argentina, makes over 80% of Argentinean wine. Mendoza’s high valleys, each at a different elevation and with a different temperature profile, sustain a multitude of microclimates. The high altitude allows for intense sunlight that produces fruit with thicker skins. This delivers extraordinary color, body, aroma and structure, and creates unique flavor and aromatic expressions in the finished wine.
Description
A pure expression of the fruit, Don Miguel Gascón Malbec is a full bodied wine with a deep violet color, showcasing flavors and aromas of blackberry, blueberry, plum, dark cherry, and a hint of mocha. The wine is elegant and rich in texture, with plush, round tannins and finely integrated oak characteristics. Final flavors of black spice and maple combine to create a long, velvety finish.
Gascón Malbec pairs well with grilled red meats, wild game, pasta dishes and chocolate molten dessert.
Viticulture Notes
The 2009 growing season in Mendoza began with a warmer than usual spring, and continued the pattern throughout the season. A late-season frost in 2008 prevented normal bud formation in the spring, resulting in lower yields. The month of February saw unseasonably warm weather throughout the region, and consequently, veraison occurred earlier than normal in most areas. Throughout the summer, the weather remained both hot and dry, resulting in generally thick skinned fruit with very concentrated flavors. The fruit also maintained excellent levels of natural acidity, lending freshness and vibrancy to the grapes. Overall, the dry season combined with lower yields resulted in fruit withexceptional levels of concentration and complexity.
Winemaking Notes
The grapes were harvested by hand in the early morning hours starting in March, then underwent cold maceration for four days at temperatures not exceeding 10°C (50°F) to achieve optimum extraction of the deep purple, violet berries. Maceration prior to fermentation also aids in the development of black fruit varietal aromas in the finished wine. To preserve the fruit flavors, primary fermentation occurred at around 28°C (82°F).
Varietal Content:
95% Malbec, 5% Shiraz
Varietal Origin:
Lujan de Cuyo and Uco Valley, Mendoza
Titratability Acidicity:
0.6g/100ml
pH:
3.7
Alcohol Level:
13.87%
Residual Sugar:
0.45g/100ml
Argentine Table Wine, ©2009 Gascon USA, Hayward, CA. All rights reserved.

 

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From Aragon to the Andes: A Wine Story that Spans 125 Years

clip_image004It’s a long way from Aragon in northeastern Spain to Mendoza in Argentina, but when Miguel Escorihuela Gascón arrived at the western edge of the Andes, it looked a lot like home: dry, gently rolling countryside with mountains rising in the distance.

Gascón was born in 1861 in Aragon, and grew up as a farmer. He learned early that working the land was not an easy life and that Spain was not big enough to hold his dreams. At age 19, Gascón sailed to find his fortune in the New World, arriving in Buenos Aires armed with wit, ambition, and little else.

After establishing himself in business in Buenos Aires, Gascón saw opportunity arising farther west when other European immigrants began planting vineyards around the city of Mendoza. His background in farming and his vision of the future told him he could do well planting grapes and making wine.

By 1884, Gascón had bought his first vineyards and had built a winery in the City of Mendoza. Fifty-six years later, the winery was the first in Argentina to bottle a pure Malbec varietal wine. Bodegas Escorihuela Gascón is still there, 125 years later, on its original site.

Gascón believed that Argentina could make fine wines to rival the established houses of Europe, and through his dedication, he built his business into one the most respected wineries in the New World. Gascón thought wine should be part of a civilized life. He sponsored projects in the arts, and he generously contributed to civic projects in Mendoza. He was an original thinker, an entrepreneur, a civic leader and a family man. And he wanted his wines to be the best.

The winery remained a tribute to his entrepreneurial spirit for more than 100 years under Gascón family ownership. In 1993, the family sold the winery to a group of investors led by Nicolas Catena, one of the most famous figures in modern Argentine winemaking. Under the new ownership, the Gascón story continues, broadening the unique blend of tradition and innovation as the wines of Bodegas Escoriheula Gascón earn a worldwide reputation for character, quality and value.

Today, the winery is home to 1884 Restaurante, a restaurant created by award-winning chef Francis Mallmann to highlight the local cuisine.

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Don Miguel Gascon Reserva Malbec

Winemaker’s Signature Malbec

MENDOZA, ARGENTINAWinemaker Ernest Bajda calls Don Miguel Gascon Reserva Malbec his “little gem.” The wine is blended with two “good friends” of Malbec, Petite Verdot, which increases the floral characters, and Cabernet Franc, which highlights the spicy notes that aficionados love in a great Malbec.

“Blending a little of these varieties together helps us to show what we think Malbec should be,” Bajda says. “With our Reserva, we are pushing the limits of what can be done with Malbec, both in the vineyard and in the winery.”

The finest grapes are hand-selected from cool, high altitude vineyards in the prestigious Uco Valley and Agrelo regions of Mendoza for this small production Reserva Malbec. Mendoza’s high valleys, each at a different elevation and with a different temperature profile, sustain a multitude of microclimates. The high altitude allows for intense sunlight that produces fruit with thicker skins. This delivers extraordinary color, body, aroma and structure, and creates unique flavor and aromatic expressions in the finished wine.

“We say that we are always pushing the Malbec,” Bajda says, but also in the winery the Malbec is pushing us. The wine changes constantly, and we taste every barrel as we think about our blend. Sometimes it seems as though the wine is trying to trick us – changing its character day to day. We want to preserve what we have gotten from the vineyard, but we are always selecting, selecting, selecting, to get the best. That’s what earns this wine the title of Reserva.

Don Miguel Gascón Reserva Malbec is a rich, signature style Malbec, aged a minimum of one year in oak barrels to impart just the right amount of complexity. Burgeoning with distinctive dark fruit flavors and aromas, this full-bodied, intensely flavorful wine offers layers of ripe plum, blackberry and dark cherry, accented by hints of chocolate and black pepper. Round tannins and final notes of brown spice and oak combine to create a firm, persistent finish.

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