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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...

  • Malbec

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

  • 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

    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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  • Intis Malbec. las Moras 2010

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    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


  • Finca las Moras Malbec Black Label 2010

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    Dark and rich with nutty oak on the nose along with aromas of caramel, melted licorice, dried thyme, vanilla, and asphalt framing a core of dark fruit. Smooth and plush on entry, this has nice acidity adding some liveliness on the palate and plenty of soft tannins helping to support the black cherry, mulberry and vanilla flavors that lead to a n... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Licor Legui NV

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    I am Argentine, and in every house there was always a bottle of liquor Legui,.When visitors came, was offered a glass of it, and was much appreciated by all people.The name is a part of the name of a great jockey Argentine Leguisamo, nicknamed "The Octopus" and horses that ran most famous tango singer in the world, Don Carlos Gardel. Read More

    Wine review by Quiquito


  • Finca las Moras Mora Negra 2007

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    Inky dark color--very cool. Somewhat astringent nose--certainly some oak, and blueberry hints. Lots of fun on the palate. There is fruit--blueberry--but, thankfully, it does not give it that sweet characteristic. Some earthiness. Some tannin. This wine can sit a few years, although, I don't feel bad about opening it right now. A friend of... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Finca las Moras Cabernet-Syrah Blend Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz Reserva 2010

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    Un excelente vino de mesa. Especial para acompañarlo con una buena platica. Read More

    Wine review by carlosud


  • Alta Shiraz

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    Buena combinacion de calidad y precio, de san juan, crianza Read More

    Wine review by lobotomy


  • Las Moras Shiraz Reserva Black Label 2006

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    A dark, garnet color and a very faint nose of moss and cooked hamburger no kidding make a stark contrast to the explosion of black and red raspberry in the mouth. Its still a bit tannic and not wholly refined, but the finish is clean and its a bracing experience overall. Several minutes after drinking, the raspberries are still present! (AV 91... Read More

    Wine review by Argovino


  • Graffigna Pinot Grigio Centenario White 2011

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    Light peach and green plum in the bouquet, and a warm feel on the palate; its on the watery side rather than the syrupy side of the viscosity scale, a bit rustic but still tasty. (AV 85, http://argovino.com/?p=561) Read More

    Wine review by Argovino


  • Graffigna Centenario Reserve Malbec 2010

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    Very well-balanced malbec. Good, strong cherry flavors balanced by a softly floral oakiness and just the slightest twinge of coffee/licorice bitterness at the back end and a lovely finish. Really pleasurable wine, I'd buy a case of this! Read More

    Wine review by GrantC


  • Graffigna Malbec Grand Reserve 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by alanb1108


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