ADRIANNA VINEYARD - Gualtallary, Tupungato, Uco Valley, Mendoza, 4757 ft elevation
Located in the Gualtallary district of the Tupungato region at an altitude of 1450m (4757 ft) above sea level. This unique mountain vineyard showed almost extreme cool temperatures. Average temperatures in the important ripening window of 30 days prior to harvest were more than 1° C (1.8° F) cooler than normal. In addition, the thermal amplitudes were some 2° C (3.6° F) higher than normal, indicating very cold minimum nighttime temperatures during this period.
These very cold temperatures produced Chardonnay fruit with exceptional aromatic complexity of ripe white stone fruit with marked mineral notes. The grapes had excellent levels of natural acid, giving the wines a wonderful crispness and balance.
The Cabernet Sauvignon from Adrianna shows outstanding violet color with complex aromatics and rich concentrated black fruit flavors. The wine shows excellent structure and generous texture.
The Malbec from this area presents an opaque, blackish color with explosive floral aromatics of violets and black roses. The texture is soft and silky with ripe, sweet tannins.
LA PIRÁMIDE VINEYARD - Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, 3117 ft elevation
Located in the Agrelo district of the Lujan de Cuyo region at an altitude of 950m (3117 ft) above sea level. Similar climatic conditions to Angelica were present in La Pirámide in 2005. The average February temperatures were slightly warmer due to slightly higher nighttime minimum temperatures. As in Angelica, there was only one day above 34° C (93.2° F) through this month. Maximum temperatures in March, during the final stages of ripeness, however, were 1° C (1.8° F) lower than normal.
The Cabernet Sauvignon harvested from this vineyard presents an outstanding purplish garnet color, much denser than in previous years. The aromatic structure shows increased intensity and complexity, with ripe cassis fruit mixed with notes of roasted pepper, mint and a touch of eucalyptus. The palate is full and concentrated while maintaining a soft, generous texture.
ANGÉLICA VINEYARD - Lunlunta, Maipú, Mendoza, 3018 ft elevation
Located in the Lunlunta district of the Maipu region at an altitude of 1090m (3576 ft) elevation. This 70 year old Malbec vineyard experienced slightly warmer average temperatures in the late summer month of February due to the fact that the nighttime minimums were not as low as normal. However, there was only one day with a maximum temperature above 34° C (93.2° F), when usually there can be between 5 and 7 days in any given growing season. In the final ripening period of March, the average temperature was 1° C (1.8° F) lower than normal. This was due to both lower maximum temperatures, with no days above 34° C (93.2° F), and lower minimum nighttime temperatures.
These conditions resulted in Malbec fruit with outstanding color, wonderful soft floral and ripe black fruit aromas and refreshing, lively acidity.
DOMINGO VINEYARD - Villa Bastías, Tupungato, Uco Valley, Mendoza, 3675 ft elevation
Located in the Villa Bastías district of the Tupungato region at an altitude of 1120m (3675 ft) above sea level. Following the tendency of the Uco Valley already touched on in Altamira in La Consulta, the Domingo Vineyard had February conditions in which average temperatures were 1° C (1,8° F) cooler than normal. Maximum daytime temperatures were much lower, with no day over the important 34° C (93.2° F) threshold. March temperatures continued on this trend, with both maximum and minimum temperatures lower than normal. The dry conditions allowed an excellent environment to finish the maturation process.
The Cabernet Sauvignon from this vineyard shows deep, dark purple color, with intense aromatic complexity, fresh ripe cassis and blackberry fruit intermingled with elements of mineral, cedar and tobacco. The finish is full and well structured, with soft, smooth tannins.
NICASIA VINEYARD - Altamira, Uco Valley, Mendoza, 3593 ft elevation
Located in the La Consulta district of the San Carlos region at an altitude of 1095m (3593 ft) elevation. This very southerly located vineyard site was affected by the late frost of November 5th, losing roughly 20% of total production. In March the average temperatures were also about 1° C (1.8° F) below normal, due to both lower maximum daytime and lower minimum nighttime temperatures. The vineyard received a light rainfall of 1.77” (45 mm) on March 12. However, given that this very cool climate vineyard does not begin harvest until mid April, the precipitation had no affect on fruit quality. Indeed within 10 days all of this rainfall had evaporated. The all important April conditions, the final moments of maturation, were ideal: dry weather with lower than usual temperatures.
The Malbec from this vineyard shows a deep dark violet color with black cherry aromas, a core of rich concentrated cassis fruit flavors, finishing with well structured, finely grained tannins. The Cabernet Sauvignon from Altamira in La Consulta presents the opaque violet color typical of this cool climate. The nose is ripe and complex, with blueberry and mineral notes, a full rich mouthfeel and excellent structure.