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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...

  • 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...

  • Malbec

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

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

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  • Graffigna Malbec Reserve 2011


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    Wine review by mark

  • Graffigna Centenario Reserve Malbec 2010


    Subtle cigar box oak greets the nose followed by sweet vanilla, a touch of ginger and dark plummy fruit topped with shaved bittersweet chocolate. Smooth and polished in the mouth with plenty of dark plummy fruit wrapped around nicely integrated oak spice. This is well knit together and supple in the mouth with a nice blend of sour plum and black... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Graffigna Centenario Reserve Malbec 2010


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    Wine review by mark

  • Las Moras Sauvignon Blanc 2010


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  • Graffigna Pinot Grigio Centenario White 2013


    Light yellow with a slight greenish hue. A fragrant nose of cantalopue, honey, lychee, apricot and white flowers. More of the same on the palate with good mouth watering acidity in the middle and subtle minerality on the end. Light bodied and delicate. Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT

  • Graffigna Centenario Malbec Reserve 2011


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    Wine review by lefont

  • Licor Legui NV


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  • Graffigna Centenario Reserve Malbec 2010


    Stemmy , smoky and filled with underbrush nuances on the nose, theres also plenty of dark berry fruit here along with a hint of mushroom. Smooth, focused and rather restrained in the mouth, this has a fine tight core of polished tannins and integrated acidity supporting tobacco and tar framed flavors of dark plum and cherry fruit. Some wood spic... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Intis Malbec. las Moras 2010


    Candied raspberry, tobacco, and dried herbs greet the nose nicely accented with floral, fennel, and gently meaty aromas. Nice and bright on entry and texturally a great success with its fresh integrated acids supporting red cherry and raspberry fruit and fine, ripe tannins forming a real foundation but this does lack some oomph in the mouth. the... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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