2018 Mosquita Muerta Perro Callejero Malbec (750ml)

Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina

2018 Mosquita Muerta Perro Callejero Malbec
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Jose Millan's Mosquita Muerta wine project began in 2010 at his family's Los Toneles winery in Mendoza, sourcing grapes in and around Mendoza's Uco Valley. Winemaker Bernardo Bossi shares Jose's passion for creating exceptional Malbec blends, having been head winemaker for Alma Negra, Tikal and Siesta wines, and eventually Casarena. The wines are all named "tongue in cheek" by Jose, whose family wasn't exactly welcomed into the world of Argentinian wine, having made their fortune in the grocery business. Perro Callejero translates as "Stray Dog," and Sapo de Otro Pozo is "Toad from Another Well," the Argentinian slang for "fish out of water." The name of the project "Mosquita Muerta" is an Argentinian slang expression itself – referring to the idea that while his competitors were mistakenly underestimating Jose's abilities to create world-class wines, they would soon find his wines deserving of top ratings. With 90 plus point ratings for the 2018 Mosquita Muerta Perro Callejero Malbec and the 2016 Mosquita Muerta Sapo de Otro Pozo, it seems the Wine Advocate's Luis Gutiérrez agrees.

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The 2018 Perro Callejero Blend de Malbec also mixes grapes from different parts of the Mendoza, looking for complexity and a combination of the riper characteristics from Luján and the sharper style from Uco. All wines keep very good freshness and relatively high acidity, as they always think about their wines in the context of gastronomy; these are wines for the table. This has varietal aromas and moderate ripeness, violets, red and black cherries and a pinch of spices. The palate is medium-bodied, serious and balanced, with a good combination between austerity and juiciness. 24,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2019.

91 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 245 - Oct 2019)

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