Caligiore is a family-run estate in Argentina's Mendoza Valley which prides itself on the less-is-more philosophy. Their totally organic and sustainable vineyard allows them to make spectacular wines with minimal to zero intervention.
It all starts with the vineyard, where no chemicals are used. This is easier in this location than it is for most wineries, as the vineyards are over 3,000 feet above sea level - a place where pests have a problem reaching.
Caligiore cultivates diverse species of vegetation throughout the farm to mitigate any plants that would constrict the growth of the vines. Every turn of the soil is made with laborious detail to assure that the healthy vines produce healthy grapes with the result being great wine. They have succeeded.
In the winery, no commercial yeasts are used. Fermentation begins as naturally as it did for winemakers thousands of years ago. The wines are unfined and unfiltered, so there may be some sediment in the bottle, but at least you know that nothing was left out.
Malbec is Argentina's prized possession. How and why it does so well here still puzzles many wine statisticians. In most other areas, Malbec is used strictly for blending - when strength or color is needed in the blend. But here it shines on its own, and rightfully so.
Made from 70-year-old vines, this selection shows its pedigree with a stunning array of blackberry and earth complemented by medium tannins and an almost floral finish.