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Leo Malbec Premium 750ml 2011
Sku: 1892927*
Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi partnered with Bodegas Valentin Bianchi to create Leo. The profits from this line will go to the Leo Messi Foundation which funds health care and ed ...more
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Product Information
Country: Argentina
Region: Cuyo
Sub-Region: Mendoza
Grape Varietal: Malbec
Type: Still wine
Reg. 34.99
On Sale $27.99
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The wine displays aromas and flavors of ripe plum and violets with hints of vanilla. The finish is soft and supple.
Wine Spectator 88 points - A ripe, plummy red, showing notes of pepper, mocha and salted licorice to the jammy plum and dark cherry fruit. Rich finish. Drink now. 10,000 cases made. –NW  (Nov 30 2013)

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Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi partnered with Bodegas Valentin Bianchi to create Leo. The profits from this line will go to the Leo Messi Foundation which funds health care and educational development for children in need. Hand-picked Malbec and Torrontes was harvested from Valentin Bianchi’s Dona Elsa Vineyard, which is planted on sandy calcareous and alluvial soil at an elevation of 2,493 feet.
Wine maker notes
Red intense color with tears running slowly threw the edges of the glass. Deep aromas of mature plum and cherries, with intense spiciness and voluptuousness, enhanced by the French oak based on the complexity and robustness of the American oak, that complete their complex aromatic plot. Intense, persistent and elegant with mature tannins embraces a friendly nice long end finish.

Technical notes
During fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks the wine received regular pump overs and was then aged for 12 months in new French (75%) and American oak.

Producer
In 1928, Italian immigrant Valentin Bianchi bought a vineyard and small winery called El Chiche in Mendoza, Argentina. When Valentin's sons joined the company in the early 1950s, they renamed the company Valentin Bianchi. Today his grandsons, Valentin Eduardo, Ricardo Stradella and Alejandro Ruben manage the estate. The Valentin Bianchi vineyards – Asti, Las Paredes and Dona Elsa – comprise over 716 acres and are located in San Rafael region, an area thought to have the best soil in Mendoza. The vineyards are planted with Italian, Californian and French rootstock. Francisco Martinez is the winemaker for all Valentin Bianchi labels, and has been with the winery since 1979. In 1996, winemaker Robert Pepi, of Napa, California was hired as a consultant to introduce contemporary techniques while maintaining the wines' traditional Argentine character.

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