El Esteco Don David Malbec 2017
#65 TOP 100 WINE OF THE YEAR 2018 WINE SPECTATOR
Bodega El Esteco, founded in 1892 by David Michel and Gabriela Torino, is located in the Calchaqui Valley, which is in Argentina’s far northwest province of Salta. With over 1,500 acres of vineyards in what is known as the world’s highest growing region for wine, the Calchaqui Valley, Bodega El Esteco’s wines are reflective of their place of origin. The vineyards start at 5,500 feet in elevation and rising to over 6,600 feet above sea level. Bordered by two mountain ranges— the Quilmes to the west and the Aconquija to the east create a natural barrier and microclimate.
Abundant sunshine, little rainfall, combined with high altitude create a recipe for a winemaker’s paradise. The region sees as little as six-eight inches of rain a year so irrigation is a must, allowing the winemaking and viticulture teams to irrigate as they see fit. Abundant sunshine 330-340 days a year, allows the grapes to achieve optimal ripeness; while the cool nights allow for proper acid levels to be achieved for a balanced wine in the end. All the grapes are hand-harvested and benefit from sustainable and environmentally friendly viticulture.
The Don David range are the flagship wines of the Bodega El Esteco estate named in homage to the winery founder David Michel. Made from 100% estate fruit and 100% Malbec, Don David Malbec has plum, red fruits, spicy black cherries and cassis flavors with toasted oak notes on the nose and palate. Ripe fruit and fresh acidity balance strong but soft, ripe tannins.
Wine SpectatorDried red fruit flavors are lively, offering a surplus of rich, dried savory herb notes. Accents of hot stone and white pepper flood the finish. Drink now through 2023. 110,000 cases made.