Mendoza Wine

Mendoza is by far the largest and most prolific wine region in all of Argentina. It’s part of the larger, Cuyo region, in the west of the country, bordering the Andes, which provide a good deal of climate protection. The area is mostly hot and dry, but there is some natural river irrigation, particularly from the Mendoza from which it is named. The biggest threat is from the dry, “Zonda” winds, which have been known to damage the grapes. Many of the vineyards are high altitude, some crazy, dizzyingly high, with published reports of as high as 5600 feet above sea level. This allows for precisioned grape-growing for maximum ripeness and temperature control. The soils tend to be alluvial clay (sand over clay). Because the harvest season is predictably warm and dry from year to year, there is little vintage variation and wine-makers have advantageous control over the styles of wine and varietals produced.

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

Subregions of Mendoza

  • Maipú

    Maipu is a subregion of Mendoza, part of the larger Cuyo region in Argentina. It is situated ju...

  • Uco Valley

    This region -which has experienced the greatest growth in the past few years- comprises the depar...

  • Lujan de Cuyo

    Lujan de Cuyo is a subregion of Mendoza, both part of the larger Cuyo wine region in Argentina....

  • San Rafael

      San Rafael is a wine producing region within Mendoza, all part of the Cuyo region in Argen...

  • Santa Rosa

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  • Don Cristobal 1492

    Latinfina S.A., organized as a corporation (“sociedad anónima”) and validly existing under the la...

  • Gimenez Riili

    The Gimenez Riili Family has had a tradition in viticulture since 1945, when Don Pedro Gimenez ch...

  • Trivento

      Founded in 1996 by Viña Concha y Toro, Trivento Bodegas y Viñedos aims to preserve and sho...

  • Bodegas Etchart

    Bodegas Etchart was founded in the year 1850, in La Florida, Cafayate, province of Salta, Argenti...

  • Alfredo Roca

    The winary was originaly built in 1905 and the main structure has been maintained up to these day...

  • Finca Flichman

    Finca Flichman is a winery in Barrancas, in the Maipu Valley of Mendoza, Argentina. Is is name...

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Mendoza on Snooth

  • Ca' de Calle Gran Reserva Red Blend Mendoza 2015

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    Ripe red fruit aromas - dark cherry, plum and red currant, floral and spiced. Richly spiced as well on the palate yet mellow of fruit, pleasant red currant, raspberry and cherry, with a pleasant zestiness coming through on entry and through to the warming finish of earth, licorice and a touch of herbal medicine. Read More

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  • Vina Amalia Finca Los Montes Negros Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Uco Valley 2013

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    Generous fruit aromas of blackberry and black cherry, soft earth and good minerality on the nose. Quite fruity on the palate with a pleasant continuum of mixed berry, black cherry and violet petals, this is very approachable and quaffable, enough depth to stay interesting with warm spice and a bit of chocolate towards the finish. Read More

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  • Carmelo Patti Cabernet Sauvignon Lujan de Cuyo 2007

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    Nice complexity here with savory mineral notes of loamy earth, baking spice and classic black fruit components - mostly black currant and blackberry. Silky, sultry and elegant on the palate with deep fruit notes of black cherry, black current and blackberry, a bit jammy but still quite fresh. This is ten years young today and drinking beautifull... Read More

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  • Durigutti Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza 2015

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    Dark dusty earth flavors with dark chocolate and moist soil, becomes a touch floral before sinking into smoky, rich oak and earth. Read More

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  • Durigutti Bonarda Mendoza 2015

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    Dusty fall leaves and blackberry aromas with light floral notes. Tart and juicy red fruit notes of cherry and strawberry on the palate, easy drinking and a bit chunky with medium acidity and a finish of light flower petal and perfume. Read More

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  • Durigutti Cabernet Franc Mendoza 2015

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    Fruity but syrupy notes of red currant and strawberry on the nose with pungent smoky minerality. Equally fruity and earthy on the palate with a burst of ripe red current and raspberry fruit on entry followed by a pop of acidity and a slow, smoldering burn of gritty tannins and sharp spice covered in chocolate. Read More

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  • Bodega Calle Dharma Reserva Mendoza 2015

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    Soft clay and earth with perfumed cherry fruit on the nose. Syrupy in character and heft, this brings loads of fruit character - cherry and red currant with a mouth full of concentrated fruit, rich spice, milk chocolate and chewy tannins on the finish. Read More

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  • Bodega Calle la Mano Derecha Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Mendoza 2014

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    Intriguing floral and herbal notes here with black currant and strawberry fruit and pleasant briny minerality. On the palate this is medium bodied, a bit restrained around the edges, but still showing nice blackberry and black currant fruit, quite dry with nice spice and good acidity. This presents a bit herbal at its core and is quite earthy by... Read More

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  • Bodega Calle El Olvidado Tempranillo Reserva Mendoza 2014

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    Dirty, earthy and smoky with fresh field paddy notes and black pepper spice on top of blackberry and black currant fruit. This is quite flavorful and expressive in the mouth, with a good mixture of red and black fruits ranging from cherry to black currant with some savory notes of tamari and some tart cranberry towards the earthy, creamy finish.... Read More

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  • Finca El Origen Phi Single Vineyard Tunuyan Uco Valley 2011

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    Soft violet and creamy coffee aromas with concentrated blackberry and black cherry fruit, fresh spice and vanilla bean. Hefty, full and creamy on the palate with excellent depth of fruit, full of chocolate, chewy cherry and blackberry, strong, gripping tannins and deceptively high acidity bringing freshness and buoyancy to the mid palate before ... Read More

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  • I just tried Marcus James 2007 (8078) from Mendoza Argentina (La Sierra) the price in Canada is way different that in US. Appearance: light Feels: Soft, good acid Tastes: fruity (citric) It is a good wine for the price. Enjoy it

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