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Durigutti 2011 Familia Malbec

About The Producer
  • Brothers Héctor and Pablo Durigutti are two of Argentina's most sought after consulting ecologists.
  • Hector first became known for his work alongside Alberto Antonini as one of the co-founders of Altos Las Hormigas, the forward thinking project that placed Argentine Malbec on the international map in the late nineties.
  • Pablo comes with his own star studded resume which includes a stint at Catena and connections with more old-vine landowners than anyone else in the region.
About the Wine

Héctor and Pablo's top bottling is their "Familia" Malbec. This modern, concentrated release originates from two heirloom-quality vineyards in Maipú (Lunlunta) and San Carlos (La Consulta). In order to add complexity and depth, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah were blended into the cuvee in small amounts. Grapes were fermented with native yeasts and the wine was neither filtered, fined, or cold-stabilized.

Vintage: 2011 | Wine Type: Red Wine
Varietal: 80% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 4% Syrah, and 4% Petit Verdot
Origin: Argentina | Appellation: Maipú and San Carlos, Mendoza
Elaboration: Fermented in New French oak barrels with their tops off with 2-3 punch downs per day then 100% of the wine is aged in the same French oak for 20 months. Unfined and unfiltered.
Conservation: Drink now through 2025.
Winemaker: Hector and Pablo Durigutti  

Tasting Notes

This has plenty of blackcurrants, plum liqueur, creme de cassis, tar, vanilla and a touch of tobacco. Full body and deliciously juicy tannins, but this is also polished and very much dialed-in. There's a driven line of acidity throughout, and the finish is fruity, chewy and structured. A blend of malbec, syrah, cabernetf ranc, petit verdot and cabernet sauvignon. This is worth getting your hands on. Drink in 2021. -James Suckling

Technical Data

Production: 250 cases | Alcohol: 14.5% | TA: 5.45 | Residual Sugar: 2.45 g/l | pH: 3.72

Press & Points

2013 - 95 Points, James Suckling
2012 - 92 Points, Wine Advocate
2012 - 95 Points, James Suckling
2010 - 92 Points, Wine Enthusiast
2010 - 91 Points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2009 - 95 Points, James Suckling
2009 - 92 Points, Wine Advocate
2007 - 92 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2005 - 92 Points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2005 - 91 Points, Wine Spectator

 
Durigutti 2011 Familia Malbec