La Posta’s Pizzella Family Vineyard Mendoza Malbec continues to impress and over-deliver year in and year out. The recently released 2020 vintage is no exception and is once again the critics’ choice and the recipient of high acclaim (92 Points – James Suckling). Bold in flavor, yet smooth and juicy, the 2020 La Posta Pizzella Malbec offers tantalizing aromas and flavors of freshly picked blackberries, currants, and raspberries along with a delicate hint of wild violets to add to its allure. In the mouth, the 2020 La Posta Pizzella Malbec graces the palate with a seductive blend of black and red fruits, all suffused with deft touches of sandalwood and exotic spices. Fine, ripe tannins complement the wine’s plush, fleshy mid-palate, assuring freshness and a delightfully long satisfying finish. The 2020 La Posta Pizzella Malbec is neither brawny nor brazen; it is a balanced Malbec that delivers its largesse with grace and purity before finishing with a flourish. For ultimate enjoyment, we suggest serving the 2020 La Posta Pizzella Malbec at cool room temperature (58°-62° F) after 10-15 minutes of aeration. Anticipated maturity: 2022-2026. Enjoy!
Like its predecessors, the 2020 La Posta Pizzella Malbec brings joy to the table. Very few Malbecs at any price are as dynamic, superbly crafted, and enjoyable with food, family, and friends as the 2020 La Posta Pizzella Malbec. The Pizzella family’s food-friendly Malbec provides tasty companionship to beef, poultry, pork, pasta, and a wide variety of vegetables. Prime Rib of Beef and Herb Encrusted Beef Tenderloin in the company of mashed potatoes, creamed pearl onions, and roasted root vegetables make splendid companions to La Posta’s 2020 Pizzella Malbec. Consider several of the Pizzella family’s favorite pairings with their Malbec, too. Grilled Quail with a quinoa, currant and pine nut pilaf; Wild Boar accompanied by a sage and dried cherry risotto; and Grilled Polenta served with a wild mushroom ragout all make delicious accompaniments to La Posta’s 2020 Pizzella Malbec. Lentil Quinoa Carrot Cakes with a mild tahini sauce and crumbled feta offers another especially tasty offering. Traditional Italian pasta dishes such as Pasta Bolognese, lasagna, and cannelloni pair beautifully, too. Born and bred to be enjoyed with food, the 2020 La Posta Pizzella Malbec truly aims to please. Buen Provecho!
La Posta was created by fourth generation vintner Laura Catena whose family is practically synonymous with Malbec and widely regarded as the first family of Argentine wine. La Posta fashions several special Malbecs, each from a distinguished, individual family vineyard. La Posta’s Pizzella Malbec emanates from the Pizzella family vineyard in Mendoza’s Uco Valley. The Pizzella vineyard is renowned for yielding wines with rich berry flavors, touches of exotic spices, sandalwood, and smooth, ripe tannins. Wines produced from the Pizzella vineyard have received many 90+ point ratings over the years from Robert Parker Jr., James Suckling and others. They have also been the recipients of many Gold Medals at trade tastings.
La Posta translates to “the tavern,” where local farmers meet to discuss their soils, their vines, their quest for superior flavors, and their passions for life. In collaboration with wine pioneer Laura Catena and esteemed winemaker Estela Perinetti, La Posta highlights the hard work and skills of the people behind some of the finest family vineyards in Argentina.
Malbec is one of the original red wine grapes of Bordeaux, France (where it is also called Cot or Pressac). While Malbec plays a purely supporting role today in Bordeaux, adding color and body to the region’s Merlot and Cabernet blends, it remains one of the six legal grape varieties permitted in red Bordeaux (along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Carmenère). However, south of Bordeaux in the region of Cahors, Malbec still reigns supreme. It remains the chief grape used in what historically has been called the "black wine” of Cahors.
Despite its deep French roots, Argentina has come to fore as the contemporary champion of Malbec, where the varietal reigns as the most important grape variety, both in terms of quality and quantity. The best Argentine Malbecs and Malbec blends offer considerable flavor and body at a relative young age, yet they remain age worthy wines capable of true distinction, especially in the hands of Argentina’s most accomplished winemakers.
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