Mendel Unus 2012
|Region||Argentina, Mendoza, Lujan de Cuyo|
The 2012 Unus is a blend of 65% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot sourced from different subzones of Mendoza. It fermented in stainless steel and matured in barrel for around one year, in a mixture of new and second-use. Tasted next to some 2013s you immediately feel the ripeness of the vintage (which the wine clearly shows, as it should be), with more aromas of plums and dark cherries and plenty of spices. The palate is medium to full-bodied with the grapes nicely integrated. It feels very compact and serious. I tasted 2005, 2007 and 2010, and I found the iron and blood character of the Cabernet from Perdriel, mostly in the 2005, which was a cool and somewhat wet vintage. The 2005 is perfect for drinking and the 2010 still feels a bit young. 2012 is a warmer vintage and might develop faster, but for sure it's a wine that can age. 18,000 bottles produced.
With oak-driven aromas of mocha, coffee, cedar and berry fruits, this blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot is effusive on the nose. Concentrated and huge, but well balanced, it offers high-volume berry, herb, chocolate and spice flavors-the lynchpins of excellent wines. Spicy, long and elegant on the finish, this is the real deal. Drink through 2021.
Firm and focused, with good cut to the dark plum, blackberry and dark currant flavors, featuring notes of tar and cocoa powder. Cream and milk chocolate details show on the spicy finish, delivering hints of green olive. Drink now through 2020.