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Ruca Malen Brut 750ML  
Sku: 42951
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Critics Ratings:   (1)
Product Information
Country: Argentina
Region: Cuyo
Sub-Region: Mendoza
Grape Varietal: Chardonnay,Pinot Noir
Type: Sparkling
Reg. $31.99
Web Only Sale $23.69
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Wine Advocate 90 points - The NV Brut is a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (75/25), with six grams of residual sugar that matured in contact with the lees for 18-24 months. What I tasted was mostly from 2012, but there’s always a 20-25% of reserve wines form the previous two vintages (kept in stainless steel). It’s a light salmon-colored, more golden than most Blanc de Noirs, but marketed as a white. The grapes come from Gualtallary and the style is citric (the base wine does not go through malo and the grapes are harvested early), with bread dough aromas from the yeasts that develop notes something akin to cheese rind, some aniseed and fennel. There is a fresh and creamy palate with very good acidity and small bubbles with a faint sweetness in the finish. This is a very nice sparkling, and 90% of the market for this wine is in Argentina. The problem with all non-vintage wines is knowing what you’re getting and when to drink it... So drink it sooner rather than later, although they only started with sparkling wines four years ago (almost inevitable as the owners used to work for Chandon in Argentina). This, so there are not that many old bottles in the market and on the shelves. 35,000 bottles produced.  (Aug 2015)

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Wine maker notes
A fresh and elegant, dry sparkling wine produced using the traditional Champenoise method. Bursting with citrus and white florals, subtle notes of toasted almonds and freshly baked bread on the back end add complexity. Creamy on the palate with fresh fruit through the long finish. The perfect wine for toasting, it is also versatile enough to pair with light hors d’oeuvres, delicately prepared seafood, and sushi. Enjoy young.

Technical notes
75% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay

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