A brief jaunt south to Argentina today on the blog, Corazon del Sol focuses on high quality Malbec wines from the Uco Valley, a cool climate region. Founded by Dr. Madaiah Revana, who also owns Revana and Alexana, he was enamored by the climate and terroir of the Uco Valley and founded an estate vineyard based winery, Corazon del Sol. The 17 acre estate vineyard is planted at the base of the Andes at an elevation of 3,000 feet. The winery has a stunning backdrop, as the vines are set on deep, alluvial soils, comprised of rock and sand which has eroded from the Andes Mountains over thousands of years. Consulting winemaker Santiago Achaval and winemaker Cristian Moor craft some great wines sourced from Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre plantings.
I had a chance to recently sample the new release wines and was very impressed. An outstanding value wine, the 2015 Corazon del Sol Malbec (WWB, 90) showed wonderful richness and terroir. It is the perfect pairing for a juicy red meat. Also impressing at a higher price point was the 2013 Corazon del Sol ‘Gran Reserva’ Malbec (WWB, 93), which showed tremendous weight, richness and poise. Learn more about these great wines at http://www.corazondelsol.com Here are the great new wine releases by Corazon del Sol.
2013 Corazon del Sol 'Luminoso' Red Wine-An intriguing blend of equal parts Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, the wine begins with bright aromatics of black olive, roasted figs, black cherry, boysenberry liquor and and dark chocolate shavings. This leads to dense flavors of black tea, black cherry, red currant and white pepper with a creosote edge. The mouthfeel is smooth and delightful, as is the structure. Drink 2017-2027-91
2015 Corazon del Sol Malbec-This has heady aromatics of black pepper, violets, black tea, Milk chocolate and sagebrush. There are ripe flavors of black tea, black cherry, roasted figs, mint and mocha. This is rich and delicious forward style Malbec with a silky mouthfeel that needs a juicy burger. Drink 2017-2022-90
2013 Corazon del Sol 'Soleado' Red Wine- This is primarily a Malbec wine, blended with Merlot and Cabernet Franc. This inky wine opens with a bouquet of black cherry cough syrup, rose petals, blackberry preserves, tarragon and spicebox. There are rich flavors of black cherry, coffee grounds, blackberry syrup and suggestions of baking spices and blueberry compote. This shows lovely depth, grip, structure and richness. Drink 2017-2027- 92
2013 Corazon del Sol 'Gran Reserva' Malbec- This excellent wine is sourced from the estates top 12 barrels of Malbec. Having a brooding and dense color, this wine displays this has wonderfully rich flavors of black tea, mocha, blackberry jam and blueberry compote with anise. There is a Bordelaise edge to this wine that boasts a wonderful minerality. This rather intoxicating and structured wine will have a long life in the cellar. If enjoying young, be sure to give this at least a one hour decant for the fruit to better amalgamate. Drink 2017-2030- 93