Another ‘Dead Fly’ (Mosquita Muerta) wine tonight. Since I last tasted one of these wines, I have learnt that Mosquita Muerta” is an expression in Spanish which is actually used to describe a person (male or female) with apparently little potential for success who ends up accomplishing a remarkable feat. The websites says that Jose Millán chose this name for his project to mock those in the Mendoza who doubted of his potential as a wine business entrepreneur. Around 70% of Mosquita Muerta’s production is sold in Buenos Aires.
This is a blend of 70% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Merlot and all from different areas in the Uco Valley at between 1050m and 1350m above sea level. 60% of the wine spends 16 months in new French oak and the remainder is matured in concrete eggs.
A lovely rounded wine with great depth: Opaque. Deep red rim, hints of violet. Restrained nose. Black fruit. Cedar. Rich palate. Dry. Medium acidity. Firm tannins but rounded. Black Plum. Black currant. Liquorice. Hints of green pepper and prune. Long finish.