Patagonia engulfs the tip of South America. The southern Patagonia region includes the fruit producing regions of Río Negro and Neuquén, which are considerably cooler than the major regions to the north. This provides a long growing season in the chalky soils of the area. Humberto Canale was responsible for importing vines into Patagonia in the first part of the 20th century. These cuttings came from Bordeaux establishing the first commercial winery in the Patagonia region. Today, the region continues to grow as producers continue to plant the cool climate vines like Pinot Noir, Malbec, Chardonnay, Torrontes, Riojano, and Semillon. Quite a few of the grapes that are sourced from the region are used for the sparkling wine industry in Argentina. Located more than 990 miles south of Mendoza, the vineyards of Bodega Weinert are noted as the southernmost-planted vineyards in South America. Phylloxera has never struck Argentina with some believing that the centuries old flood irrigation systems have deeply saturated the soil creating a high percentage of sand in the soil. Another reason may be Argentina’s isolation. The mountains, deserts, and oceans also protect the vineyards against the Phylloxera louse.
Named for the former Ranch owned by Butch Cassidy and the sundance Kid.
Cholila Ranch Malbec is made from 100% Malbec. The estate-grown grapes are manually harvested, carefully sorted, and destemmed. The wine undergoes traditional maceration for 21 days with selected yeasts. Cholila Ranch Malbec is aged both in American and French oak for 9 months, followed by a minimum of 6 months bottle aging prior to release.
Deep purple color. Aromas of ripe plum and mulberry with violet hints. Ripe black fruits and fig on the palate with touches of smoke and vanilla. A truly powerful yet balanced wine with a persistent finish.
Produced from the oldest planting of grapes on Lee Hudson’s heralded vineyard in the Napa Carneros, this latest offering of Arietta Merlot is one for the ages. Certainly a classic vintage, 2012 delivered fruit with brilliant purity, structure, and a strong sense of place. This unique—one might say historic—block of Merlot shows the best that this variety has to offer in California. Well-proportioned, fresh, flavorful, dark and complex, this wine is sure to impress lovers of Pomerol, and show that California is capable of producing Merlot wines with strength, yes, but also nuance, delicacy, and multiple layers of interest. This wine should continue to open and develop over the next decade, and age gracefully for another decade or two.
Arietta's 2012 Merlot emerges from the oldest vines on Lee Hudson's vineyard in Carneros. A dark, super-expressive wine, the Merlot is endowed with serious depth, power and structure. Brambly red fruit, smoke, tobacco and grilled herbs emerge from a surprisingly big, structured wine that should drink well for many, many years. -Antonio Galloni Vinous 95 points
The Rubus Project was created by Fran Kysela as a way to source & sell incredible wines at value prices. All wines in this international project are hand-selected by Fran Kysela. Rubus wines are fruit driven, true-to-type values that over deliver - a true representation of quality for the consumer at an excellent price.
Sourced from ten-year-old vines in Paraje Altamira.
This Icon Malbec is suave and rich, offering loads of dark plum, currant and dried blackberry flavors supported by notes of soft spices. Molten chocolate notes emerge on the mid-palate, with Asian spice accents. The finish is long and ripe with a loamy character.
Pairs with grilled red meats, roast lamb, marinated chicken, pizza and pasta dishes, Asian cuisine.