WINE REVIEW: Coen 2019 Malbec Reserve, Uco Valley, Argentina ($45)
by Andrew Chalk
From the producer "Coen is a New World winery with an Old World influence led by acclaimed Italian winemaker Attilio Pagli, who is behind some of Italy’s best wines including Caprai’s Sagrantino di Montefalco 25 Anni and Salvioni’s Brunello di Montalcino.
Pagli brings his expertise to Mendoza where he is credited with a major role in turning Malbec from local wine to the worldwide success story it is today. Pagli, along with fellow winemaker Ana Musso, has created a lineup of three wines that all express the Malbec varietal, but each in a unique style highlighting Pagli’s influence.
Coen’s commitment to the environment and sustainable winegrowing is at the forefront of its philosophy. With two beautiful certified-organic vineyards located in a pristine environment 3,000 feet above sea level, the estate enjoys an ideal location for producing world-class grapes. Run by vineyard owner Fernando Vera and proprietor Hans Chang, Coen is a true passion project of the two. Chang, the owner of Houston-based Forever Blossom, first came to Mendoza Province a few years ago and was immediately impressed by its natural beauty and the quality of the grapes from Vera’s vineyards. It was a no-brainer to team up with Vera, a man who is truly committed to producing high-quality grapes. Thus, Coen Wines was born."
Appearance: Opaque ruby core;
Nose: Blueberries, pencil lead,
Palate: Blueberry and black cherry fruit balanced with bright acid. Chewy tannins. Ready to drink now.