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San Juan is considered one of the most important wine zones, located within the Cuyo province in Argentina. It is the second largest in terms of production next to Mendoza. 
 
The climate is very hot and dry, nearly desert-like. Irrigation arrives in the form of snow-melt from the Andes mountains in the west, and the San Juan and Jachal rivers. It is also thankfully prone to brief summer rainfall. The dry, hot Zonda wind helps protect from excessive moisture and vine disease, but also can lead to drought conditions. The high altitude of the vineyards ensures optimal sun exposure and grape ripening. 
 
Criolla and Cereza grapes were the dominant varieties in the early days, but these are now mostly used for brandy, vermouth, and local fortified wines. Dry wines are produced from Torrontes, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Viognier for whites. Reds consist of Bonarda, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah. 
 
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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

  • Malbec

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

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  • Ampakama Torrontes San Juan Argentina 2015

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    Plump and juicy tropical fruit aromas of pineapple, melon and mango with white peach and floral blossom. Dry and perfumed on the palate, some citrus fruit with green apple and melon with a touch of sweet spice and white grape flavors. Read More

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  • Ampakama Cabernet Sauvignon San Juan Argentina 2014

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    Pleasant syrupy aromas of vanilla, blackberry and black cherry. A bit tart and tight on the palate with cranberry and seeded raspberry fruit, a bit of spice and drying tannins on the finish. Read More

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  • Ampakama Chardonnay San Juan Argentina 2015

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    Cool tropical aromas of pineapple and melon on the nose with a lemongrass and pineapple tartness. Tartness continues to the palate where the grapefruit and melon fruit notes are playful and refreshing. Finishes with a touch of herb. Read More

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  • Ampakama Malbec San Juan Argentina 2014

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    Raisin and dark blackberry fruit with light notes of campfire smoke and forest earth. Rich tannin and perky acidity greet the palate with leafy and earthy fruit notes of black currant and blackberry. Tart and almost red fruited on the medium finish with a lingering smoke. Read More

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  • Don Baltazar Malbec Reserva San Juan Argentina 2013

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    Dark, rich earthy aromas of blackberry and bramble fruit - earthy and minerally. The palate is juicy and full bodied with a pleasant mixture of blackberry and blueberry, milk chocolate and the silky structure of well integrated tannin. There's a lot to like on this balanced wine. 91 pts Read More

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  • Don Baltazar Cabernet Franc Reserva San Juan Argentina 2013

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    A smoky and earthy aromas with a touch of red fruit meets the nose with a touch of fresh sawdust and cocoa. Delicate yet structured in the mouth with deep blackberry and bramble fruit flavors, fresh and varietally influenced herbaceous flavors and a light finish. Read More

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  • Bodegas Callia Alta Cabernet Sauvignon Tulum Valley San Juan Argentina 2016

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    Floral and creamy with vanilla and butter aromas and black cherry fruit. Fruit forward and juicy on the palate with loads of red fruit - cherries, strawberries and red currants - on the palate with a peppery sweet spice and a fair bit of warm butter towards the finish and tannins supporting throughout. Read More

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  • Bodegas Callia Syrah Malbec Bella 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by marymarchell


  • Alma Mora Sauvignon Blanc 2016

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    Thread bare - don't buy - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Alma Mora Sauvignon Blanc 2016

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    Wine review by shaldane


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