Bodega Calle Alberti 154 Malbec Reserva 2018
Bodega Calle is a small-lot, gravity-flow wine studio located in the prized viticultural area of Luján de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina. Both a house and winery, Alberti 154 is the street address for this off-the-beaten path, well-kept secret. The winery is named in honor of the winery founder, the late Ms. Elvira Calle, a famous businesswoman who owned the most important newspaper in Mendoza and was in her later years a prominent philanthropist. The winery concentrates on single-varietal wines and premium red blends; all fruit is hand-harvested and the wines are made with the use of gravity—never pumped— to ensure soft and silky wines.
We met and tasted wines with one of the current owners, Kirk Ermisch, and fell in love with the wines from Bodega Calle. Their Malbec Reserva 154 comes from three prized viticultural areas of Mendoza: Perdriel, Agrelo, and Drummond. The fruit is hand-harvested, all indigenous yeasts are used, and the wine is aged 10 months in French oak. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Bottle ShopMade from old vines farmed with organic methods, this Malbec with 'old school' bones also shows off a polished modern charm. We found spices, red fruits and herbs mingling in a balanced style with good tannic structure. This stays fresh and bright even though it is rich and deep. Excellent quality. A real winner for folks who love classic European wines but want to discover Argentina.