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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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  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

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  • Bodega Augusto Pulenta

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  • Madre Tierra Syrah 2005

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    Dirty, musty nose of black and green olive. Loaded with spice and earth. Heavy baking spices. Dark crimson in the glass. On the palate, zinfandel-like brambly, rustic feel. Very spice driven. Mild tannins at first, build. Has a bite. Cote Rotie-esque, but it's lacking fruit to balance it out. Leans too far the spice/dirt way.- Tasted at... Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Bodegas Santa Ana Torrontés 2009

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    good for a 13.5% white. my wife and non-wine drinker friends like drinking it 3 parts torrontes/1 part cranberry or cran-raspberry juice. it's actually pretty delicious. Read More

    Wine review by ws6driver


  • Finca las Moras Tannat Tulum Valley Reserva 2008

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    Las Moras Tannat 2007A powerful, intense wine with a ripe nose, dense on the palate,smells of mint, chocolate and pencil shavings. Using the Martin Gersh method of airing(1 hour eqals 1 year in the bottle) and drinking at cellar temperature(55 to 60 degrees Farenheit), after airing for 4 to 5 hours, the wine showed plenty of fruit, less tannic i... Read More

    Wine review by butkus


  • Licor Legui NV

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    it isn really a wine. the most argentinian drink. its a caña quemada based beverage great to take it before dinner Read More

    Wine review by itamarlan


  • Graffigna Syrah 2000

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    This wine is a wine book example of what a proper Shiraz could/should be (keep in mind that Shiraz, although being a different name for Syrah, tends to differ due to different climate regions in South America/Australia compared to France). Full bodied, tannic, acid-free, sweetish, oily... Chocolate, pepper, smoke, nectar, lilly, frankincense. Th... Read More

    Wine review by DjoleBGD


  • Finca las Moras Tannat Tulum Valley Reserva 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by Azeerooh


  • Graffigna Malbec Grand Reserve 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by ananas984


  • Bodegas Callia Shiraz Tulum Valley Magna 2007

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    Wine review by dombac


  • Bodegas Callia Malbec Alta Argentina Cuyo San Juan Tulum Red 2009

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    This was a good find and I think that it will be a better wine in the future. Was good to drink on the porch and relax with a good book with. Read More

    Wine review by anstett


  • Graffigna Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2007

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    Tasted at UNLVino 4/10/10 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


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