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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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  • Viognier

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  • Malbec

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  • 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...

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  • Don Domenico

    Our cellar is modern, acclimatized, and functional and has the latest technology. The wine proces...

  • Bodega Augusto Pulenta

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  • Intis Shiraz. las Moras 2012

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    Wine review by SagitariusFox


  • Bodegas Callia Callia Alta Malbec 2013

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  • Bodegas Callia Syrah Malbec Bella 2014

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  • Finca las Moras Malbec 2013

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  • Graffigna Malbec Reserve Centenario 2012

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    Last of the Flight, and though I liked it a bit less than the other two, was still quite good. I struggled trying to determine the smoke note, because it was pronounced enough for a 'wow, what is that???'. The Cru description notes that it is 'mesquite and espresso' and funny, that is exactly what it was...great bottle. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Graffigna Elevation Red Blend Reserve Centenario 2012

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    20% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah, 20% Bonarda, 20% Tannat A bit sour on the nose with black fruit, toasty spice and some muddy herbal notes and just a hint of peppery spice. A touch of sweetness greets the palate followed by rich black fruit, dates, and cedar in the mouth thats supported by dry and slightly oaky tannins. The fruit ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Graffigna Elevation Red Blend Reserve Centenario 2012

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    Wine review by mark


  • Bodegas Santa Ana Torrontés 2008

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  • Graffigna Malbec Reserve 2011

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    A bit leathery on the nose with hints of dried herbs and some raw, vanilla, nutty oak notes on the nose. A bit raw in the mouth as well with some nice youthful energy and somewhat unformed flavors of plum and cherry that are cloaked in some sweet, vanillin laden and slightly harsh oak notes. Finishing dry, lean, and with wood tannin this is a bi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Graffigna Malbec Reserve 2011

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