We have featured many wines in the past from this extraordinary producer and, no matter the varietal, they never fail to excite. This beauty is no exception.
The vineyard was planted in 1962 by Don Silvestre Hinojosa in Mendoza's Uco Valley. At 4,000 feet above sea level, it is the highest point in the region. The grapes are born in a perfect environment for slow, even ripeness because of the warm days and cool nights.
Grapes of this quality could not survive this close to the Equator if it weren't for the elevation. The climate is also very dry, with little if any rainfall. This works well, as the constant melting of ice off the Andes Mountains provides a continuous source of water for the vines and can be closely regulated. A unique thing about grapes grown in South America is that the vines are perched on their own rootstock. This region is one of the last areas in the world where original rootstocks still exist. Over 150 years ago, a plant louse called phylloxera devastated the vineyards of Europe, but South American vines are miraculously immune.
Whether or not that makes a difference in the wines has yet to be determined, but one thing is for certain, it couldn't hurt. After all, these vines are all natural.
Malbec is Argentina's greatest varietal. It produces wines of dense color and flavor with intriguing sub-texts of spice and seared meat, all neatly packed in a robe of soft tannins, plum and black cherry.