Tucumen is the work of Juan Jos? Budeguer, a former sugar cane producer who wanted to set an example for his children of what hard work and dedication can accomplish. He also wanted them to acquire a healthy respect for the land and how its cultivation rewards patience and fortitude.
Juan and his wife started their journey with 250 acres of land in the Maip? Valley, one of Argentina's most sublime areas for growing grapes. He made another great choice in hiring Juan Manuel Mallea, arguably the most talented and most renowned winemaker in the country, to oversee the wines.
The grapes for this selection are planted in Mendoza, Argentina, between 6,000 and 10,000 feet above sea level, making this one of the highest vineyards in the world. The air at this elevation is so thin that the workers have to get used to the altitude or they will faint.
The grapes, meanwhile, love it here. The stony, sandy soil provides good drainage and nurtures vines that produce rich, aromatic wines. As to climate, the unadulterated sun and cool temperatures constitute the most perfect growing conditions.
And perfect is, well, the perfect word to describe this wine. The depth is evident in the dark crimson color, leading to the brooding aroma of chocolate and leather, and finishing with berries and earth. Perfect!