2016 Gen del Alma "Ji Ji Ji" Malbec/Pinot Noir Gualtallary (Previously $18) SKU #1288020

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K&L Notes

Gen d'A is yet another Michelini brothers project, started by Gerardo Michelini and his wife Andrea Mufatto. They use fruit grown on a single vineyard in Gualtallary (within the Tupungato sub-zone). If you expect Malbec to be big, brawny and spicy, then this wine will come as quite a shock: it's actually 50-50 Malbec and Pinot Noir. It's all crunchy, tangy red berry fruit, a wine that is incredibly light on its feet and refreshing. Think good grower cru Beaujolais or even Anjou Gamay. With traces of Malbec's violet floral quality combining with minerality and bracing, electrifying acidity, this is fascinating wine, sure to bring lots of new wine drinkers into the world of exciting new projects happening right now in Argentina. (Joe Manekin, K&L Argentinian & Chilean wine buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Scott Beckerley
    By: Scott Beckerley
    K&L Staff Member
    This killer little Pinot Noir has a bright red fruit nose with minerals and chalk. On the palate, dry and bright with raspberry and young boysenberry fruit. Very pretty and crunchy!
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    Malbec and Pinot blended together may sound like a pretty crazy proposition but in the Loire Valley, it is not entirely uncommon. And being the Loire buyer, this wine speaks loudly to me. This is a tremendous lighter-bodied red with savory spices, strawberry fruit and pretty potpourri notes. Coming in at a mere 12% alcohol runs this to the top of my "I can drink a bottle and not hurt" list. Capturing the inspirational flavors of France yet maintaining its new world profile is a triumph for Gen del Alma. Serve this juicy delicious red with oilier fish dishes, rotisserie chicken or some herb spiced pork chops. So much fun and really delicious.
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    This wine destroyed all of my preconceived notions about Argentinian wine. This is as light and delicate as red wine comes, and a perfect drink for a summer picnic. I like it with a little bit of a chill on it, to bring out the racy side of this lovely bottle. The Ji Ji Ji made me giggle like the label suggests with its mix of sarsaparilla and mint notes on the very open nose. What a fun bottle of light red wine!
  • Lilia McIntosh
    By: Lilia McIntosh
    K&L Staff Member
    This wine is all about fresh, vibrant red cherry fruit interwoven with delicate spiciness. It's light and crunchy. Drinking this wine is like biting into a bunch of delicious Montmorency cherries! Juicy and mouthwatering finish lasts forever. It also reminds me a lot of Cru Beaujolais, particularly Julienas and Fleurie because of its floral notes similar to violets and peonies. "Jijiji" has no oak treatment and is done entirely in stainless steel, so if you enjoy light wines with a lot of character, give this one a try.
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    This is the prettiest, freshest, finest, crispiest, most crunchy, most refreshing, and [insert superlative] red I have yet to taste from Argentina. It is simply that freakin' delicious. Place in a brown bag, and a wine professional would likely guess this to be a very good quality, cooler climate French red. The lively berry fruit, subtle violet floral aspects and firm, poised tannin structure all point to a French effort, perhaps in the Loire or one of the villages in Beaujolais. That said, this Malbec and Pinot Noir blend is impressive. Do not expect loads of fruit but do expect a crisp, balanced, low 12% ABV red for your next whole roasted chicken and oven crisped yukon gold potato dinner. Fun stuff!
  • Heather Vander Wall
    By: Heather Vander Wall
    K&L Staff Member
    A gorgeous new vintage of Gen Del Alma's "Ji Ji Ji" red! This lovely little wine is all about freshness and vibrancy, with very open, pretty aromas of mixed berries. On the palate it is fairly light in body, with a further punch of berry fruit, and quite fine tannin. This would be a fun and f air substitute for your favorite Cru Beaujolais.


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