Weinert Malbec Estrella 1994


Brazilian businessman Bernard Weinert founded this winery in 1975, purchasing a dilapidated 19th-century cellar and hiring winemaker Raúl de la Mota to help him rejuvenate it. In 1977, they released the first vintage of Estrella, a barrel-aged malbec of uncommon finesse and complexity that sent waves through the wine world. This 1994—made by de la Mota before his retirement, and then shepherded through 16 years of barrel-aging by Hubert Weber—should send waves through the wine world today: After all, how many other Argentine malbecs could age so well? Made from fruit handpicked off vines that were 60 years old at the time, fermented in epoxy-lined cement tanks and aged in large, neutral French-oak casks, it’s astoundingly alive: It has the rich, earthy scent of freshly turned soil, with notes of mint and tobacco adding finesse; the fruit feels plump and chocolatey, even as its red shades have taken on the caramel and apricot hues of age.

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