Mendel Unus 2014 | Mendoza Bordeaux Blend – Will sell out fast!
Mendel Unus 2014 is deep, dense crimson. With aromas of ripe berries, violets, dark cocoa powder, and spice. Yet full and unctuous, with a deep espresso note and a long-lasting finish built on firm and silky tannins. Shows gorgeous power and refinement and is ready for a long decant or a substantial rest in the cellar. Winemaker Roberto de la Mota delivers stunning quality at a buy now price for this Mendoza Bordeaux Blend,
Vibrant, Penetrating, Energetic Mendoza Bordeaux Blend
92Vinous | Mendel Unus 2014 shows a bright dark ruby. Exuding deep, brooding aromas of blackcurrant, boysenberry, licorice, espresso and sweet oak, all lifted by violet and minerals. Yet, at once powerful and seamless, with harmonious acidity providing terrific definition and lift to the densely packed flavors of dark berries, flowers, licorice, and spices. A more vibrant and penetrating wine than the 2015 Mendoza Malbec, conveying an impression of chalky energy. Finishes long and lively, with firm tannins to support a graceful evolution in bottle.
After our last allocation of the Mendel Unus 2014 sold out in under 24 hours, many of you wrote in asking for another shot at the “powerful and seamless” blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot. We won’t tell you how many times we called the winery but suffice it to say our middle-school Spanish is now at a high school level. Most importantly, 500 bottles are available for Wine Access clients.
“Best of the Best” in Argentina
James Suckling awarded 93 points to this tour de force from Winemaker Roberto de la Mota. His “brilliant talent and spirit,” captured in this 2014 “Unus,” prompted Robert Parker to rank Mendel Wines among the “Best of the Best” in Argentina. It is full-bodied, dense, and silky — a Bordeaux-style stunner from a 92-point vintage that marries Pauillac minerality with Oakville decadence. If you missed the boat last time, don’t hesitate!
The stunning quality-to-price ratios of top Argentinian wines have long impressed savvy American wine lovers. But there are a handful of producers pushing the envelope of what Master of Wine and Argentine expert Tim Atkin lauds as the industry’s “dynamism and vitality” — and Mendel leads them all. While modeled after the Bordeaux “garagistes,” the estate was planted by proprietor Anabelle Sielecki’s father in the 1930s. Hence, the extreme temperatures and arid summers at Mendel’s perch in the Andes foothills spur the ancient vines to eke out small clusters of gorgeous and concentrated fruit.
Winemaker Roberto de la Mota
Winemaker Roberto de la Mota hails from Argentinian wine royalty and received his enology degree at France’s prestigious École Nationale Agronomique. While, the French-trained son of a revered Argentine winemaker, the wine fulfills its promise. Furthermore, it has the luscious core of an Argentinian blockbuster. With the liveliness and supple tannins that put its Bordelaise inspiration on full display for this A Mendoza Bordeaux Blend. This beauty shows why Mendel is the best of Argentina.