Valle de Uco Wine

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Valle de Uco is a wine region within Mendoza, all part of the Cuyo province in Argentina. Much of the wine-growing area sits at high altitude locations at the foot of the Andes mountains. The high-set vineyards benefit from hot days and cool nights, allowing full grape ripeness and complexity without too much alcohol. The Tunuyan river flows throughout the valley down from the Andes, providing irrigation to the vineyards. Although with so little rain in the area, this is still not sufficient and manufactured irrigation technology is widely practiced.

It is here that some of the top names in Bordeaux have set up shop, such as Baron Edmond Rothschild, Francois Lurton and Michel Rolland. Laurent Dassault recently partnered with Benjamin Rothschild here to form the DiamAndes wine conglomerate with the Bonnie family.

Much of the wines from the Uco are synonymous with quality, thanks to modern production methods and very careful attention to detail. Top grapes are Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot Read more »

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  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Malbec

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

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  • Altocedro Malbec la Consulta Reserva 2011

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    White pepper, raisiny, spicy, soft, high acid, low tannin. Read More

    Wine review by Nathan P


  • Altocedro Tempranillo la Consulta Ano Cero 2011

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    Soft, fruit but not tart, like sweet apples. Long finish. Read More

    Wine review by Nathan P


  • Rutini Malbec 2009

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    In Argentina, Rutini is among the most prestigious widely available brands, and this wine offers a few hints why. The nose is a mix of orange marmelade and tire rubber; in the mouth, its somewhat square but full of characteristic malbec berry-cherry flavor. A little grainy, but a few years of age might sort that out. (AV 87, http://argovino.com/... Read More

    Wine review by Argovino


  • Tikal Malbec Amorio Mendoza Argentina 2009

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    Solid, middle-of-the-road malbec with an inky nose and straightforward, deep fruit taste. Not a bad wine by any means, but better ones are available at this price. (AV 85, http://argovino.com/?p=521) Read More

    Wine review by Argovino


  • Achaval Ferrer Finca Altimira Malbec 2011

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    This wine develops in a very special way after the cork is pulled. First theres funk mixed with a hint of floral perfume in the nose, then an intense flavor of dark chocolate and coffee, roughly finished with racy tannins. Then, after a few hours, or even a day, the flavor softens and becomes richer, with notes of violet and black grapes not a ... Read More

    Wine review by Argovino


  • Catena Alta Chardonnay 2010

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    A finely structured wine, if not generous. The dark honey color is certainly appealing, as is the mix of floral and toasted flavors conveyed to both nose and mouth (where they are joined by touches of anise), but the overall character is still rather austere. (AV 88, http://argovino.com/?p=893) Read More

    Wine review by Argovino


  • Achaval Ferrer Malbec Mendoza 2010

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    Classic malbec with a nose of burnt matches and ink, then bright flavors with a touch of the acrid aromas continuing in the mouth and into the finish. A great choice for malbec purists, and excellent with strong cheeses. (AV 87, http://argovino.com/?p=461) Read More

    Wine review by Argovino


  • La Posta Pinot Noir Glorieta Vineyard 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Doña Paula Sauvignon Blanc Estate 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by Aliciancook


  • Andeluna Malbec 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by MrRiesling


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