1310 Pinot Noir 2015
Valle de Uco, Argentina
The vineyards are located in Gualtallary District, at 1310m asl. The grapes are hand picked. The fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks with the malolactic fermentation carried out 70% in French oak barrels and 30% American oak ones. The process was completed with 9 months aging in tanks, while the aging in barrel went from 5 to 9 months. The divine nectar was stabilized and bottled in July 2016. Salud!
In the glass the wine has a ruby colour with garnet hues. The intensity is medium.
The aromas intensity is medium plus. The first sniff is a fragrance of violet, followed by perfumes of kirsch, sour cherry and red fruits preserved in alcohol. Notes of black pepper and eucalyptus give even more sprint to an already quite vibrant aromatic palette. As secondary aromas, we find cloves, vanilla, cedar and a bit of chocolate. The farmyard is the more direct tertiary.
The wine is dry with high acidity. The tannins are medium plus but incredibly rounded and soft. The alcohol is high (i.e. 14.5%) and will warm us up immediately. At the first sip, the flavour intensity is pronounced. In the mouth, the nectar is a blaze of red fruits, and virile secondary aromas as charred wood, smoke, toast. There are also charming perfumes of dry flowers and a light aud.
I am not a great fan of Argentinean wines, but this one makes me change my mind. The nectar is incredibly stylish and tasteful, with no hints of cooked fruits, jam or a byzantine oak. It is almost everything you would not expect from wines at these latitudes. The prolonged bitter note of sour cherry is pure pleasure!
Final vote: 94
Price: £29 at waitrosecellar.com