Sebastián San Martín bottle

Sebastián San Martín

Malbec, 2014

Juan Carlos Bonora is somewhat of a rarity in Argentina—a small grower. Surrounded by vineyards that seem to go on forever, Bonora works his 24 acres vine by vine to ensure each grape is packed with intense, complex flavors. It’s an example set by his father, an esteemed Italian grower—though Bonora’s also blazing a trail. He and winemaker Sebastián San Martín are working toward organic certification, once thought impossible in Mendoza’s harsh desert climate.

Profile

Sebastián San Martín Malbec is classic Argentine style, full of ripe fruit flavors balanced by soft tannins that give the wine a smooth texture that doesn’t overpower food.

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TANNIN
SWEETNESS
BODY
ACIDITY
APPEARANCE
Purple garnet
APPEARANCE
Purple garnet
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Wet clay
Blackberry
Black cherry
Violet

Pairing

The calling card of these reds—like Cabernet Franc, Carménère and some Malbecs—is the herbal, smoky or even meaty flavors standing out from the fruitiness. The savory element makes these wines match especially well with roasted vegetables—the more fresh herbs in the recipe, the closer the harmony between each bite and sip.

TASTING TIP

The wine has only very light, soft tannins. That’s why it doesn’t dry out your mouth, and the fruit flavors linger on your palate.

Pour a fruity red with an herbal kick to match the kale and complement the zesty, cheesy tomato sauce.

A fruity, savory red strikes the perfect balance between the dish's porky goodness and earthy, veggie rice on the side.

A red with a fruity-savory balance is perfect alongside this pizza's olives and cauliflower. That's amore!

This is a hearty, rich veggie burger, so a fruity red with an herbal touch matches perfectly.

A soft, fruity red with an herbal note complements the tomatoes and fresh basil and also dials down the chile paste's kick.

A classic Italian dish calls for a fruity, fresh red with a subtle savory note that complements every flavor on the plate.

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More About The Wine

Uco Valley may be the most prestigious area of Mendoza—a massive region hugging the Andes that produces most of Argentina’s wine. Uco sits at a higher elevation, which gives the grapes more sun exposure. The soil is special, too—its influence on wine flavor is why the biggest names in Bordeaux wine, such as the Rothschilds, own Uco vineyards.

DID YOU KNOW?

Malbec vines introduced to Argentina came from Cahors, in south-central France. Cahors Malbecs taste earthy and spicy, while Argentina’s Malbecs are decidedly fruity.

  • VARIETY
    Malbec
  • VINTAGE
    2014
  • VINEYARD
    Vistaflores Vineyard
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
  • OAK
    French oak
  • SOIL
    Various
  • ALCOHOL
    14.9%
  • FARMING
    Conventional

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