Bodega El Esteco - Ciclos Malbec-Merlot 2016
OverviewCiclos was born as the expression of Cafayate's unique microclimate where two climates live together in perfect harmony.
Terroir: Deep, poor, rocky soils. Irrigation from the Andes. Wide thermal amplitude with big differences (approximatelly 22° C between the minimun during thecold mornings and nights, and the maximun during sunny days). Dry climate, little rainfall, 120mm of rain a year, 15% humidity and 300 days of sunshine. Cold mornings and nights, and long hot days result in wines that are highly concentrated in color, aromas and flavors with a unique fruity character.
Vinification: Grapes are hand-harvested and sorted upon arrival at the winery followed by a long, cool maceration and primary fermentation in tank. The wines are aged for 15 months in a combination of French and American oak prior to final blending and bottling.
Additional Details editThe 2016 Ciclos is deep red in color with a nose of ripe berry fruit laced with balanced vanilla oak. The wine is full-bodied and driven by sweet berry jam, and spice.
- Appellation: Calchaquí Valley
- Winemaker: Alejandro Daniel Pepa
- Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
- Soil: Sand, Gravel
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- Alcohol: 14%
- Ttl Acidity: 5.95 g/l
- Residual Sugar: 2.70 g/l
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- Sizes Available: 750ml
- Pack Size: 6/750ml
- Varietals: 50% Malbec, 50% Merlot
Recent News edit
Wine Spectator Rating: 87
Author: Kim Marcus
Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018
"Offers savory cut to the dried berry, cherry and forest floor flavors. Robust tannins show on the finish. Malbec and Merlot. Drink now through 2022."
Vinous Rating: 88
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Date: Sunday, July 1, 2018
"(from vines at 6,000 feet): Saturated ruby. At once porty and herbal on the nose, offering slightly exotic, oaky scents of cassis, mocha, truffle and Venezuelan dark chocolate. Fat, plush and sweet, showing smoky oak and stewed tomato qualities to its dark fruit flavors. This boasts a plush texture, good depth and smooth tannins but there's too much greenness and not enough balancing energy."