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Malbec 2012

Malbec 2012
Wine Specs
Vintage
2012
Varietal
Malbec
Appellation
Uco Valley, Mendoza
Harvest Date
April 25th, 2012 (Manual)
Aging
17 months in French Oak
Fermentation
Primary in tank. Malolactic in barrels
Bottling Date
October 2013
Alcohol %
14.8
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"Bold notes of sun-warmed blackberry and rich leather combine for a classic, yet terroir-driven Malbec nose. On the palate, red and black fruit meld elegantly with subtle hints of vanilla and oak, before transitioning to a big spice finish. With strong tannins, this wine will age gracefully for many years."

- Ben Bradley, Winemaker & Wine Blogger
 

Wine Specs
Vintage
2012
Varietal
Malbec
Appellation
Uco Valley, Mendoza
Harvest Date
April 25th, 2012 (Manual)
Aging
17 months in French Oak
Fermentation
Primary in tank. Malolactic in barrels
Bottling Date
October 2013
Alcohol %
14.8
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
Sourced from a single vineyard 3,000 ft. above sea level. The average yield per acre was less than 2 tons.
Production Notes
100% Malbec. Primary fermentation was performed in a small tank. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels, two new and one neutral, for 6 months. Finally, the wine was combined and further aged in barrel for a total of 17 months.
Production
900 bottles (75 cases)
Product Reviews
Zoe Johns's Gravatar
Zoe Johns
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(Apr 9, 2014 at 10:14 AM)
A wine of power and finesse. Approachable in its youth but capable of extended bottle age. Enjoyed with a steak dinner and wished the bottle didn't empty so quickly.

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Max Catalano
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(Apr 9, 2014 at 10:17 AM)
A stunning start to a new legacy. This Malbec is bold but graceful and will always have a place my table.

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Valerie Uribe
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(Apr 9, 2014 at 12:44 PM)
I had the privilege of tasting one of the first bottles of this wine in late February when the wine was still young. Its expected peak will be January/February of 2015, with plenty of time to mature going forward.

There were two waves of taste. As expected, the first wave was a bit hot, due to it's youth and the alcohol. Not in a overwhelming way, but you definitely taste the strength of the almighty Malbec. This is not a shy wine. It's bold, but also soft when it needs to be soft. The second wave you get is super smooth. Lately I have been enjoying Pinot Noir and this wine had the smoothness and butteriness in the second wave of a phenomenal, strong (and much more expensive) Pinot Noir. I wasn't sure what to expect, especially with the wine still being so young, but it was absolutely delicious!! It's an exciting wine and I cannot wait to see how it evolves over time; just like great wines... it's going to get better with age. I have another bottle that I cannot wait to open. It's like seeing the Christmas presents under the tree and wanting to rip them open before Christmas. But I am going to wait until January 2015 to see how the wine matures... Christmas cannot come soon enough!

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Magdalena M.W.
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(Apr 9, 2014 at 7:42 PM)
After my recent trip to Argentina I'd like to think that I've become a real Malbec connoisseur. When I had the honor of tasting one of the 1st bottles of Rule Of Three, I simply couldn't decline a glass. Knowing that the wine is pretty young, I wasn't sure what to expect, but with every sip I was transported right back to Mendoza. The young Malbec had a very powerful and refined taste, which got better and more complex with each sip. I truly didn't expect that because it was only a 2012 vintage. I cannot wait to taste that bottle in a few years when it has more time to mature and I'm excited to see what else Rule Of 3 will craft and blend in the future. A very promising young brand.

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Michael K
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(Apr 9, 2014 at 11:05 PM)
What a phenomenal wine.

We just returned from a trip to Mendoza, where of course we sampled some of the finest Malbecs from the Uco Valley, home of Rule of 3. This wine is absolutely fantastic. We tasted this a few weeks after bottling and it was great from the first sip to the last. We tried it after initial corkage and then after letting it breathe for an hour and it just kept getting even better, so this wine has plenty of promise and certainly has aging credentials.

I would say this wine tastes wonderfully ripe, with some dark fruit characteristics that are just sublime.

In Mendoza we tasted plenty of premium Uco Valley Malbecs from Lindaflor to Vina Cobos Bramare to De Angeles Gran Reserva – all superb and can be procured at a similar price point. But honestly, Rule of 3 sets a precedent for Uco Valley Malbecs and I can’t wait to drink more 2012 and future vintages.

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RJF
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(Apr 10, 2014 at 12:38 AM)
Have you ever hoped for something to match your expectation and even downgraded your prediction to increase the chances of satisfaction? I have used this tactic for comedy movie sequels, tax return forecasts, items I order online without preview, when eating out and definitely when trying new wine.

Let's add some context to my review: I love Malbecs and yes it deserves capitalization. Not just, because I am a fan of Argentinean culture, but I favor the flavor of big, bold, body reds that good Malbecs seem to offer, balanced and smooth. It's that full taste and rolling flavor from start to finish of “oh this would go amazing with a steak in the mountains, next to a fireplace with hopefully a hot tub nearby” that keeps me a loyal fan.

However, there are those bottles that even though they are of the Malbec grape command a certain amount of this boldness in their flavor, but have an aspect of wimpiness with some sort of watered-down fire. That frailty dilutes my visions of fireside mountainous grandeur accompanied by buttery sirloin.

Rule of Three’s Malbec turned my prediction and sanity preservation system upside down with the first sip and swirl at the Argentinean steakhouse in San Francisco's Mission neighborhood. Trying this Malbec and knowing that the right people had made calculated decisions about the wine beforehand had set my innate expectations high. Using my self-prescribed optimism sedation tool, I reined my hopes back in to some form of probable outcome. Even though I was trying the Rule of Three Malbec in its infancy, there was nothing weak about it. My eyes lit up! I thought ok, let’s try this with some food and preferably some steak prepared in an Argentinean fashion. The Rule of Three Malbec was still bold in flavor and was actually meeting my original taste aspirations.

Now that I had my internal mental constructs rocked, I needed to compare the Rule of Three wine to fully matured Malbecs and not just any Malbecs. I wanted the comparison to include the type of Malbecs that could only be recommended by an Agrentinean bartender at a legit Argentinean steak establishment.

Speaking to the bartender, we asked for a few of his best Malbecs. All of the recommendations were quite good, but I was amazed at how the Rule of Three Malbec even in its youthful state more than held its own with these veteran Argentinean reds. In some instances the Rule of Three Malbec definitely out-shined and outclassed its tenured colleagues. Having made wine myself, it is no easy task and is definitely a craft that requires an expectation lessening system most of the time for the resulting flavor produced.

All I have to say in conclusion is that I am already excited about this wine and the promise that there are moments in my life when people do things well and optimism and hope can be left alone to savor with a great glass of wine.

Congratulations gentlemen! You’ve outdone yourselves.

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Diane Peterson
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(Apr 10, 2014 at 12:29 PM)
A fabulous wine! I thoroughly enjoyed not only tasting the wine but hearing the story of how it came into existence from the ground up. The end product is well worth the hard work and the long journey. Thanks for sharing! I am looking forward to adding this premier wine to my collection and sharing it and the story with friends and family.

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Mazen Ghalayini
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(Apr 11, 2014 at 5:31 AM)
There is nothing I love more than a great story. Combine a great story with an excellent experience and quality you have this wine!

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Chris Joyce
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(Apr 17, 2014 at 3:26 PM)
My first taste of a small batch Malbec - different than the usual Malbecs I've had in the past, really enjoyable, and can't wait to see what additional time will do to this vintage. Delightful!

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J Crenshaw
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(Nov 18, 2014 at 8:26 PM)
A bold and young Malbec from a bold and young vineyard! I was lucky enough to taste one of the first batches stateside this summer. As a member of a private Chicago steak club, what better place to introduce this beauty than at one of our monthly excursions in the city. I had no idea what to expect from this small batch vineyard. Usually a Malbec needs a few months, or even years to mature properly. This one was fantastic right out of the gates. A Malbec just begs to be enjoyed with a good piece of prime steak and this complimented my bone in rib eye so perfectly! Bold, dark fruit flavor and buttery like a more mature French variety. It aged well in the hour or so it was out of the bottle, and with each sip. I can't imagine what a time will do to this wine but I'm excited to find out. Cheers Rule of Three!

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Sarah
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(Nov 19, 2014 at 11:24 AM)
Stunning and bold Malbec that my friends and family adore. I can't wait to order more!

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Paul
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(Nov 19, 2014 at 11:53 AM)
Beautiful.

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Matthew Hargarten
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(Nov 25, 2014 at 11:51 AM)
This is a real blaster of a Malbec, showing power, concentration and subtleties. The bouquet is warm with vanilla while the pure, driving palate deals berry flavors. The lengthy but mellow finish hums like a finely-tuned machine.

These young vintners have hit a home run with their first vintage. From the story, to the elegant packaging and bold flavors, this wine shows why Rule of Three will be a forced to be reckoned with for years to come.

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Johanna Ferguson
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(Nov 26, 2014 at 8:01 AM)
Drink now and often! Love this Malbec...impressive rich color, lush, and every sip is amazing. Maybe the best of Argentina!

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Andrew Hill
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(Nov 26, 2014 at 11:28 AM)
We tried this wine a few months ago and it's bold and smooth flavors complemented our steak entrée incredibly well. We enjoyed this so much that we bought a few bottles more for our mothers as a holiday gift. I would recommend this wine to anyone looking for a full bodied, yet smooth and easy to drink wine and I look forward to trying the vintage next year and beyond.

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Andy Callaghan
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(Jan 3, 2015 at 4:05 PM)
I bought a couple of bottles of the Rule of Three Malbec with the intention of enjoying on special occasions, and it never failed to make a special event even better and more memorable. A really delicious bottle of wine.

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