National Sales, Western US
KYSELA PERE et FILS, LTD
Most people automatically associate Malbec with Argentina. But did you know Malbec originated in France and is one of six grapes allowed in a red Bordeaux blend? Today, more than 75 percent of the world’s Malbec comes from Argentina and plantings of Malbec in Argentina have increased by 171 percent since 2000. Elite Brands represents Malbecs from importer Kysela Pere et Fils from three quite different regions in Argentina.
Casir dos Santos Reserve Malbec
Situated at the foot of the Andres, the Uco Valley has a distinct microclimate, with a vast temperature range and complex soils. The resulting wines are intense and refined. Here Casir dos Santos has Cabernet Sauvignon in Gualtallary, Malbec vines in Vistaflores, and a mix of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon vines (including 50 year old plants) in San Carlos.
Founded in 1862, Casir dos Santos is one of the oldest wineries still operating in Argentina. The winery produces wine from the Uco Valley, Lujan de Cuyo and Maipu.
This Malbec is from Casir dos Santos’ Vista Flores vineyard in Tunuyan (Uco Valley).
Deep ruby color with aromas of ripe blackberries and plums and notes of forest, smoke and spice. Complex and structured with firm and elegant tannins. Well balanced acidity. A great reflection of the terroir.
Cholila Ranch Malbec
– Wine & Spirits (June 2020), 90 pts