BODEGA MENDEL Unus Mendoza 2005: 90 pts, $50
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Polished and forward, with dark blueberry and blackberry fruit flavors spread over ripe, round tannins and followed by a long finish tinged with chocolate and loam. Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2008.
Last year - in fact it was Texas OU weekend, Mendel's Vineyard Manager visited Houston with me to introduce Mendel for the first time in Texas. What a pleasure - both tasting the beautiful wine and showing Santiago what a true "game day" is like in Texas!
Also, Roberto de le Mota, the head winemaker was here visiting this summer, I learned so much from him, a passionate winemaker and true gentleman. When I think of Mendoza - Roberto always comes to mind first - he is first class and of course making first class wine for Mendel!
Mendel Winery embodies the union of Roberto de la Mota - one of Argentina's most respected and experienced winemakers - with a nearly century-old Argentine family, whose sole objective is to produce wine of unquestionable, superior quality that express the character of their very old Malbec and Cabernet vineyards in Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina.
Mendel is the first name of the owner's father, a man who came to Argentina with nothing and ended up a successful businessman in different industries. He was also a man that loved the finest things that life had to offer, particularly wine. His daughter, Anabelle, honors her father by seeking perfection in her and Roberto's wines with his name on the label.