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  • Argentina 2019 Familia Furlotti Malbec Mendoza

2019 Familia Furlotti Malbec Mendoza

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In 1888 Angel Furlotti left his small village outside of Parma to put down roots both figurative and literal in Argentina. Working hard at established vineyards, and buying up cheap land, Angel was finally able to construct his own winery in 1914. By the 1950's the Furlotti family was one of the biggest vineyard owners in Argentina, with 10 separate vineyards totaling over 2,000 hectares. Ultimately, most of those vineyards were sold off, around the time Angel's great-granddaughter Gabriela was born in 1968. Though not compelled by the scale of wine production she witnessed as a child, Gabriela was still drawn to one of her family's remaining parcels of land, Finca Adalgisa, originally owned by her maternal grandmother. Gabriella established a bed & breakfast there in 2000, and soon after renovated one of the smallest Furlotti wineries of old in Luján de Cuyo, where she makes her wines from the remaining Furlotti parcels with the help of the local legend Carmelo Patti. This unfiltered, old-vine malbec preserves the dream of Gabriella's ancestors, and you may sense some of that family history in your glass. Or you may be too smitten by this rustic Mendoza version of malbec with all of its deep, dark berry fruit to think about all that.