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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...

  • 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 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Reserve 2008

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    This is rather subdued on the nose with any earthy base of oak, some gently minty and licorice top notes and a core of plummy black fruit. Round and rather lush on entry, this grows int he mouth with flavors that are a touch simple but very true to type. Rich black currant and spicy black cherry fruits are framed nicely by well integrated wood s... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Graffigna Centenario Reserve Malbec 2010

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    A little tight on the nose with a distinct stony aspect to the black cherry, spiced black plum fruit. There's some chocolaty oak lurking under the fruit as well as gentle balsamic spice notes. Soft tannins greet the palate with a nice acidic snap supporting the black cherry fruit. This is rather restrained by Malbec standard, showing nice spicy ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Graffigna Pinot Grigio Centenario White 2011

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    Bright and juicy on the nose with intense pear fruit, some dried lime peel and a dusty mineral note. Crisp with plenty of acid on the palate accenting the bitter apple and citrus fruit flavors. This shows a very vibrant character on the palate with a gently sweet shading to the fruit. The finish is a bit short and steely making this a good choic... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Graffigna Malbec Centenario 2008

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    Cabernet Scott and Maureen loved it Read More

    Wine review by moncyye


  • OK, someone just asked me about where to visit and what to do in Temecula. ... ... Still do remember visiting San Juan Capistrano, though, as a kid and hearing about all those padres following Junipero Serra a couple of centuries ago to the area.  They apparently had enough time to kill to spend tweaking their winemaking. Think that's about 20... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Going to Temecula


  • Los Ailos Syrah Tannat San Juan Argentina 2008

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    This wines is a blend of syrah (60%) and tannat (40%), which is a famous grape in the Madiran region of France. The addition of tannat to the blend results in a much more complex wine and really makes this wine pack a heck of a punch for the price. The wine itself has a nose of leather and spice with a hint of earthy sophistication, and no, I ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Graffigna Malbec Grand Reserve 2008

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    My Rating 83( 86) : Well two ratings! overall based on the funky smell I give it only an 83. Taken away the smell it might get a 86 rating. This smell is not a corked smell but a more barnyard like spunky smell. Taste is balanced and very dry. Price $ 8.99 at Costco / Orlando. Would not buy again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Read More

    Wine review by Wolle


  • Graffigna Cabernet Sauvignon Centenario 2010

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    A more transparent wine than it's California siblings. A seductive grip, it's power being in its longevity rather than strength. Read More

    Wine review by skc1957


  • Graffigna Malbec Grand Reserve 2008

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    A fairly typical Malbec with a wonderful deep color. Be warned that it has a tendency to quickly dry out the mouth and leave a strange aftertaste that's not displeasing, but certainly isn't wanted. Otherwise, the plum aromas on the nose are one of the best a Malbec can give while smokey and oak flavors at the start of tasting give it an elegant ... Read More

    Wine review by Neil Watson


  • Graffigna Malbec Grand Reserve 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by mllefantine


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