90+ Point La Celia Malbecs

November 05, 2021 3 min read

 

Our Favorite Malbecs from Argentina on Sale!


Now that the cooler temperatures are here, it is time to start focusing our attention on richer red wines that pair well with the types of foods we are currently enjoying. The wines of Finca La Celia from Argentina have become customer favorites since we introduced a range of their wines from this environmentally friendly winery almost three years ago. Right away, our customers recognized the exceptional value being produced here. Over the last year, we have had some supply issues with the La Celia’s red wines, but a recent shipment has just arrived with new vintages and we are happy to announce many of their best-selling Malbecs are back in stock!

 

 

Finca La Celia is one of the oldest wineries in Mendoza. It was founded in 1890, when Eugenio Bustos started to build the winery. In fact, he was one of the first people to plant Malbec in Mendoza! La Celia is located in the Uco Valley, in the Southwestern part of Mendoza, where many of the best Malbecs originate.


As you can see in the picture above, the estate is located at the foot of the Andes Mountain Range. This is a perfect location for producing great wine as they sit at a high altitude with plenty of sun and very little rain. While Mendoza, in general, is a hot wine-growing climate, the Uco Valley averages about 10 degrees cooler than most of the region, helping to retain more freshness in their grapes. Many of the Uco Valley's best areas for agriculture are located on alluvial fans of the Andes bringing a complex mix of soils, stones, sand and most importantly limestone. Due to the light soils and limited rainfall, they must irrigate at La Celia. Despite this, they are committed to producing wine as naturally and eco-friendly as possible. One hundred percent of the water used at the estate is supplied by melted snow and ice from the Andes and the Tunuyán River.

The Reserva Malbec is great on its own or with lighter foods due to the softer tannins. The Elite Malbec is from higher elevation vineyards and it spends more time in new oak, it is a bit more complex and a better option when pairing with more flavorful foods like beef or chicken thighs. These are both terrific wines for everyday enjoyment and have received over 90 points in all three vintages we have offered. If you are a fan of Malbecs, maybe consider a mixed case if you have not tasted these wines in the past.

 

 

Finca La Celia “Reserva” Malbec 2019 750mL

91 Points – James Suckling
"Aromas of stewed cherries, blueberries, damson jam, chocolate orange and licorice. It’s full-bodied with ripe, creamy tannins. Smooth and polished with rich layers of ripe fruit, cocoa and spice.” – James Suckling

 

 

 

Finca La Celia “Elite” Malbec 2018 750mL

92 Points – Wine Advocate
"The elegant and harmonious 2018 Elite Malbec comes from Paraje Altamira and has great finesse, very clean aromas, perfectly integrated oak and a fine thread with elegant tannins and a remarkable finish. It fermented in small concrete vats and matured in untoasted oak vats and new and used barriques for 12 months. A textbook Altamira Malbec with chalky tannins."


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