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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...

  • Viognier

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

  • Malbec

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

  • 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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  • Bodegas Callia

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  • Bodegas Callia Malbec Tulum Valley Alta 2010


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    Wine review by anstett

  • Graffigna Centenario Reserve Malbec 2010


    My Rating 87: Very firm wine typical Malbec. Well balanced with medium strong tannins. Nose a little short well balanced though. Nothing wrong with this wine. I paid $ 9.99 at Costco. That is a little steep for this wine Read More

    Wine review by Wolle

  • Intis Chardonnay Chenin Blanc. las Moras 2011


    With nice honey notes and subtle tropical fruits, this is a well balanced white. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Buenas Ondas Malbec 2011


    A good Malbec, not sure if the Organic part makes it any better but it was a nice wine to try Read More

    Wine review by anstett

  • Bodegas Callia Malbec Tulum Valley Alta 2011


    My Rating 90:Unbelievable low price $ 6.99 for this well balanced and subtle body and elegant restrained nose. This is quiet untypical of a Malbec Read More

    Wine review by Wolle

  • Graffigna Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Reserva 2006


    Maureen and scotts favorite Read More

    Wine review by moncyye

  • Graffigna Grand Reserve Malbec NV


    Spicy and oaky with dark fruit. Read More

    Wine review by Clare Goggin Sivits

  • Graffigna Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Reserve 2008


    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


    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


    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

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