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Quieto Malbec 2010

I was recently introduced to
Posted 13th December 2012        

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I was recently introduced to a new Argentine wine importer Cupari Wines. They specialize in importing boutique and family-owned winery wines. They source all of their wines from independent wine makers, seeking the best from these small producers. Cupari sell their wines online and have a really lovely selection available at very reasonable prices.

I received a mixed case from them the other day to taste what they have on offer. The first bottle I pulled out of the box was a Malbec from the producer Monte Quieto. Looking at Cupari’s website, they really do go through a lot of effort to get to know the producers and each one has a mini-bio of how they came to be and their philosophy behind their wine making.

I liked Monte Quieto straight away because they are a young couple with a growing family who happen to love wine and are devoting their life to one among the vines. They even chart the growth of the vineyard with the birth of each of their children. They  have 4 now so I imagine it must be hard work with that and the vineyards, but the wines don’t suffer at all. I don’t know about the kids but they seemed happy in the pics!

Anyway, the Quieto Malbec 2010 comes from three distinct parcels that they have in the Uco Valley and Lujan de Cujo, both regions known for their Malbecs. All three vineyards are located at different altitudes with their own unique microclimates so the winemaker is able to create a wine combining the characteristics of each place to create something completely different.

I could definitely taste the quality in the Quieto 2010: complex but delicate at the same time; it was no fruit bomb that’s for sure. It was a balanced wine with equal parts deep black fruit flavours, good acidity and a smooth roundness on the palate. It has 14.5% alcohol but it was not apparent on either the nose or the palate.  This wine punches well above its weight, retailing for £9.95 on the Cupari website.

I can’t wait to try the rest of the wines; if they are as good as this one, I will certainly be ordering from them soon.


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Denise Medrano
I'm an American ex-pat who is fascinated by wine. Previous to my arrival in London, I had done a sommelier course in Buenos Aires, Argentina so I knew I wanted to be in the wine trade but where to start? I started where so many people in the UK wine trade start, Oddbins. I was fortunate in that Oddbins back then had a great wine education partnership with the Wine and Spirit Educational Trust and I was able take the WSET courses. I currently have the WSET Advanced Certificate as well as holding a UK personal alcohol license. Another advantage to working at Oddbins was that I had access to all the wine trade shows. Imagine, being able to go and try as many wines as you could in one day! Whew! I have to admit, I didn't do much spitting back then and the next day, I was wishing I had at least taken better notes. I started looking around on the web for blogs that covered the London wine scene and found there were none. Well, none that appealed to me. None that were a mix of trade and consumer views and opinions. And none that really talked about what a great centre of wine this fabulous city of London is. So I rolled up my sleeves, bought a domain name and the rest, as they say, is The Winesleuth history. The Winesleuth Website - Follow The Winesleuth on Twitter