In September 2019 I was privileged to meet Alberto Arizu the great-grandson for the Bodega Luigi Bosca Winery about the history of the winery, the family, and the Malbec grape, while he was in Vancouver. Alberto noted that Argentina has 4 advantages of growing Malbec over the rest of the world: 1) altitude = slow maturation of grapes which lead to more concentrated flavours, 2) alluvial soil – poor in organic matter gives good quality grapes, 3) dry desert – they get less than 200mm of rain while vines need 600mm of rain each year, 4) they use the best water in the world from the Andes snowmelt. The Malbecs I tasted at that time with Alberto were excellent.
At that tasting, I sampled the Bodega Luigi Bosca Winery Malbec 2016, which I rated as . The 2017 vintage is now out in the BC market and I have my tasting notes for you below.
This wine came from handpicked grapes. There was a pre-fermentation cold maceration process at a temperature of 8 °C. Fermentation was conducted in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 28°C with selected yeasts. After the alcoholic fermentation was completed, the wine was transferred to French oak barrels where it rested for 12 months. It was lightly filtered during bottling.
My Tasting Notes
Bodega Luigi Bosca Malbec 2017 (BC $20.99 on sale till May 2) – This wine is dull garnet with a hint of ruby, about 70% translucent from rim to the core. It has a light nose with inviting sweet fruit aromas of plums, figs, raspberries and blackberries, along with a touch of vanilla and floral. I did not notice any change in aromas with decanting. This wine is dry but is very fruity so may taste off-dry. It has a light body, acidity and fine tannins. Ripe raspberries and plumbs, along with blackberries. Medium oak. A touch of chocolate after a few minutes of air. Almost silky but has a light tannic structure to support the fruit. Medium length finishing with black fruit, oak and dry tannins. Decanting makes this wine feel rounder and softer with lighter tannins, so more silky on the palate. It also lessens the tannins on the finish and you get more plum flavour. This wine is tasty now with a decant, but I think will be excellent with 3-5 years of bottle ageing.
Rating: with decanting. This Malbec has inviting juicy ripe plum and raspberry aromas and flavours. A round mouthfeel with soft fine tannins.
Where Can I Buy This Wine?
This wine is widely available through BC Liquor stores and is currently on sale. A great price for a tasty Malbec.