The vineyard that produced grapes for this wine is located in south Argentina in the area of Neuquen, Patagonia. With cooler climates than the northern Argentine regions, the vineyard, located 1,000 feet above sea level, has a long outgrowing season. Soil is sandy loam.
The grapes for this wine were harvested in March & fermented in French oak with medium toast. The term "toast" here refers to how much the staves for the barrel are charred so that they can be bent to make the barrel. It can leave a slightly smoky aroma in the wine.
Patagonia is South America's southernmost wine-producing region. Despite being one of the world's least obvious places for quality viticulture, the cool, dry climate in this desert region has proved itself well suited for producing elegant red wines from Pinot Noir and Malbec.
This geographical region covers a vast area, around twice the size of California, and stretches across southern Argentina and Chile. Patagonia has a 200 mile viticultural zone that is closer to the Andes than to the Atlantic Ocean, but is at a much lower altitude than its northern cousin of Mendoza.
In compensation for its cooler climate and lower latitude, it is warmed by 'La Zonda', a wind created on the eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains. This wind brings warm, dry air sweeping across La Pampas, bringing warmth to the vineyards of Patagonia and aiding bud-break. In fact, vines stressed by year-round high winds and the free-draining alluvial soils have a tendency to grow smaller berries with thicker skins, leading to a higher concentration of sugars, acids and tannins. The wines made from these berries are intensely flavored with excellent structure and firm, ripe tannins.
While Malbec still plays a central role in Patagonian wine, it is Pinot Noir that has become the region's iconic grape variety. Excellent white wines made from Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Riesling showcase the freshness of the region's climate.
This Pinot Noir is the best we've tasted from South America yet. It is fresh and fruity with a very intense color. Best if paired with risotto, ravioli and pasta with any sauce featuring lamb, duck or chicken.