You know the name well; every offer has sold out the same day published. Marcelo Pelleriti is his name, a resume so impressive, I could end the newsletter right here. "The first Argentine winemaker to receive 100 Points from Robert Parker for a Bordeaux wine" – he wears the honors well. Pomerol is his game in Bordeaux, "the unsung star" (per Wine Advocate) of the late Cathérine Père-Vergé's Pomerol estates of Le Gay & La Violette. A perfect score for the 2010 La Violette, and a 2012 La Violette which outscored Petrus as well as Le Pin! Yeah, Pelleriti's the man in Pomerol – and he's just as serious in Argentina.
Having recently identified and isolated the single oldest parcel of Malbec in Argentina, Pelleriti and his partner have built a new program. They named the project 1853, The Old Vine Estate. The site where Pelleriti is working today – the 1853 Old Vine Estate – includes one parcel that was planted in 1914. It is from this parcel that Pelleriti bottles his "1853 Selected Parcel." From the Valle de Uco in Mendoza, Argentina – 100% Malbec from 102 year old vines – this irresistible specimen sees 12 months of aging in 100% French oak barrique before resting in bottle for an additional 6 months. I simply cannot fathom how he does this for such an amazing price. Friendship truly has its rewards.
Precise and bright aromas of dark fruit, fresh mushrooms and hints of walnut shell. Full body, super fine tannins and a gorgeous fruit finish. Very long and focused. Drink in 2020, but already exciting to taste.
94 points, James Suckling (Jun 2017)
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