Gen del Alma ‘Gene’ 2013
Gen del Alma ‘Gene’ 2013 | Bottle Price: $18.99 | Case Price: $205.09
Gen del Alma is a new project started in 2012 by Gerardo Michelini and his wife and winemaker Andrea Mufatto, of Zorzal Winery in Argentina; not to be confused with your other club wine this month, Zorzal from Spain. Gerardo and Andrea’s focal concept is to showcase the purity, minerality, and freshness of Gualtallary terroir in Mendoza.
This is a fruit forward blend of 50% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet, and 10% Merlot fermented in concrete eggs. Aromas of black raspberry, strawberry, cassis, truffles, and espresso burst from the glass. It’s juicy and velvety in the mouth and full of plump black fruit – ripe and baked mixed berries and spiced plum with notes of tobacco and crushed wet stones. This is a wine with a lot of flavor and a hearty mouthfeel, pair it with something equally hearty like our ‘Best Ever Chili’ – the chili is not overly spicy so the spice and tannins won’t fight in your mouth.
What are concrete eggs and why are they important? Concrete is a natural insulator and will stabilize the temperature of whatever is inside of it. This stability makes for a smooth and gradual fermentation. Also concrete is porous, the tanks are said to be “breathable,” like barrels, but without adding any oak character to the wine. The egg shape plays a role, too, by helping to create a natural stirring effect during fermentation.