Wine of the Day – 2014 Seed Malbec


Seed Wine  is a boutique winery crafting less than 200 cases of wine annually.   Fruit for this wine was grown in the prestigious and rugged Altamira district of the Uco Valley from  42-year-old ungrafted Malbec vines grown in well-drained alluvial clay, limestone and gravel soils.  The cool, high elevation vineyard is situated at the extreme southern end of the Uco Valley, perched at 3675 ft.  High altitude contributes to huge swings between day and nighttime temperatures. This pronounced diurnal shift promotes later harvests and longer hang times, allowing the grapes to ripen fully while retaining a high level of natural acidity.

My tasting notes follow:

The wine is an opaque violet color with alluring black fruit, sandalwood, violet, and cacao aromas. On the palate, it’s medium-bodied and well structured with a supple texture,  vibrant acid and dusty well integrated tannins wrapped around a core of dark fruits – black currant, plum, blackberry – along with a hint of red currant and dark chocolate with a bit of minerality. Long finish.   100% Malbec.  Approachable now, this wine has the structure to age well another 5-10 years. (Outstanding; 91-92 pts.)  

Pair with:  Time to break out of the burgers and BBQ with Malbec box!  Try this beautiful wine with Braised Lamb Shanks with Four Bean and Chorizo Stew, Veal Milanese, or Chivito, serious sandwich made of thinly sliced rib steak, thick slabs of pancetta, onions, fried eggs and ham!

14.4% abv | 59 cases |$65(sample)

About Seed Wine

I love a good quote.  They can strengthen our resolve and inspire us to push on.  Or to smile when we’re having a bad day.   One of my favorite quotes comes from American author Og Mandino who wrote the bestselling book The Greatest Salesman in the World who said – “Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity

Of course, inspiration with action is how one can make a real difference.  Seed Wine was blossomed out of the seed of adversity.   Tony Hartl and Alex Chang were five days into the ascent of Argentina’s Aconcagua Mountain, when Tony’s blood oxygen was plummeting, his lungs crackling and straining in the thin air. High-altitude pulmonary edema was setting in. The goal was no longer the summit; it was survival. Evacuation became the only option

It’s beyond making a profit, it’s about making a difference.  It’s about trying to use our talents, energy to give back to the community here in Mendoza; to hopefully make there journey a more successful journey into the world – Tony Hartl, co-founder Seed Wine

During their arduous descent, the best friends were already thinking about how the experience would change their lives and their dreams. While convalescing in Mendoza, Argentina, Tony and Alex felt an immediate kinship with the people, their land, and their relaxed, joyful way of life.  Their live’s took a turn.   A mission was born.

For Tony and Alex it was a passion to achieve an audacious goal: create the finest Malbec in the world.  And to give back to the community that that welcomed them so warmly. So with each bottle sold, they gift a schoolbook to a child in Mendoza, planting ‘seeds’ for the future.


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