Viña Libertad bottle

Viña Libertad

Malbec, 2015

The entire Argentine wine industry has Don Tiburcio Benegas to thank. In 1883 he was the first to import Malbec vines from France. He planted his Mendoza vineyard, Finca Libertad, and gave leftover vines to friends and neighbors. The rest is history. Century-old vines still grow at Finca Libertad, but we identified a small, newer section of the vineyard with 20-year-old vines to create this fruity red that’ll complement boldly flavored dishes.

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Viña Libertad Malbec is anything but shy, full of fruit and spice flavors—classic in style. But the wine has some restraint, so it’ll complement flavors on the plate, not overpower them.

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SWEETNESS
BODY
ACIDITY
APPEARANCE
Dark purple
APPEARANCE
Dark purple
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Cinnamon
Black cherry
Cola
Anise

Pairing

Argentineans love Malbec with red meat. Follow their lead. But Malbec’s overt fruit flavors, with a subtle herbal note, make it great with simple Italian and spicy dishes, too.

TASTING TIP

Note how the wine’s flavors are powerful at the front of your palate. This is a common characteristic in Malbec.

Uncork a fruity red to balance out the dish's heat, with the richness to stand up to the cheesy goodness.

A fruity red complements the sweetness of the squash as well as the dish's cheesy richness.

Pour a fruity red to help tame the dish's spiciness and also stand up to the cheesy richness.

The wine's fruit balances out the meat's smoky spice flavors and livens up the summery salad.

Pour a lush, fruity red with pork—especially when there's a sweet-and-sour sauce that plays well with the wine's flavors.

Uncork a fruity red to balance out the saltiness of the soy and the dish's gentle heat.

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More About The Wine

Mendoza is high and dry, hugging the eastern side of the Andes Mountains. The bright sunlight, low rainfall and warm daytime temperatures result in small grapes with concentrated flavors. Luján de Cuyo is a small, prestigious, higher-elevation area of Mendoza, where the grapes receive more intense sunlight, yielding fuller-flavored wines.

DID YOU KNOW?

Mendoza has many large vineyards, in part because isolated hailstorms are common. If one small area of the grape crop is destroyed, unaffected plots remain.

  • VARIETY
    Malbec
  • VINTAGE
    2015
  • VINEYARD
    Finca Libertad
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina
  • OAK
    100% French oak
  • SOIL
    Various
  • ALCOHOL
    15.2%
  • FARMING
    Conventional

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