The 2018 Malbec – Cabernet Franc Riccitelli And Father is a blend of 80% Malbec and 20% Cabernet Franc from Las Compuertas and Los Chacayes, Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley respectively. Fermented and aged in barrels for 16 months, it delivers a substantial nose of ripe plum with nutmeg and cedar in addition to pepper and hints of jam. Broad with slightly grippy tannins, it offers juicy freshness in the mouth with a relaxed flow and finely grained tannins while the finish is a reprise of the nose.
The most impressive 2018 Riccitelli & Father is a collaboration between Matías Riccitelli and his father, Jorge, for many years winemaker at Norton (among other things). The wine combines classical and modern characteristics, quite clean and fruit-driven but with a core of deep and ripe fruit and high-quality oak. It’s ripe without excess (14.5% alcohol) and reveals fine-grained and abundant tannins that give it structure and clout. This wine is always serious and concentrated but with very good balance. It should be long lived.
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