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The Cara Sur Tinto is 70% Bonarda, with the remainder being 20% Barbera and 10% Malbec. The grapes were foot-trodden in concrete before being macerated whole cluster for 40 days. Bonarda, Argentina's second-most planted grape variety, is frequently used to make low-tannin bulk wine, but with this long maceration it achieves quite a beautiful tannic structure. Dark, pretty blackberry fruit is wed to a dense herbal core, with a beautiful acid backbone. A little brighter because of its Barbera, a little more structured because of its Malbec, this is a fantastic wine that is relatively full-bodied, but lighter and juicier than much of Argentina's Malbecs; this is a perfect, thirst-quenching alternative to pair with grass-fed beef! Andrew Farquhar
Criolla Chica is the Argentine name for the grape called Pais in Chile, Mission in California and Listan Prieta in the Canary Islands. Mostly known as a light, herbal, blue-fruited grape, this wine is highly atypical. Bursting with tart, intense red-fruit and having electric acidity, this is a bright, refreshing red wine that would work as an apéritif or with red sauces. This wine is truly Italianate in style, and would fit in numerous different pairing situations traditionally reserved for the country wines of the peninsula. This wine comes from one of their oldest vineyards, with pergola-trained vines averaging over 80 years of age. This was fermented partially whole cluster in 2000L concrete vats where it then aged for an additional eight months before bottling. Andrew Farquhar
This is an bright, fantastic Moscatel Blanco made in an invigorating style using skin contact. Thought of as "old-fashioned" in Argentina, this wine was made with a week of skin maceration. When this is combined with the high altitude of the vineyards (1500m) and the age of the vines (80+ years), this is a powerful, dry, and intense wine. While retaining the classic aromatic character of Muscat on the nose, the palate displays loads of acidity and a bright lemony profile that is set in contradistinction to its grippy tannins. A perfect pairing for lemon-roasted chicken or fillets of large pelagic fish. This wine would be perfect for assorted tapas as well. Drink now, but could age mightily. I'm excited to see how this will develop in bottle. Andrew Farquhar
Upon smelling this wine many of us have had the same reaction: while distinctly a red wine, the aromatic character has just as much of the juicy, honeysuckle smell that we associate with classic white Muscat. That incredible floral nose meshes dynamically with the palate, which has demure red fruit lain beneath delicate earthiness, with notes of hay, linseed oil, and a good bit of salinity. Skin maceration for twenty days gives some much needed grip. Highly recommended for people who are fans of Muscat, or aromatic, juicy reds. Andrew Farquhar
A tried-and-true Malbec from northern Argentina. Not as extracted and full bodied as many other options, so think Malbec flavors, but lighter bodied and more easy drinking. No new oak, just pure fruit, a bit of grip and good freshness. It pretty much goes with anything!
A blend of Muscat of Alexandria, Corinto (the Chilean name for Chasselas), and Semillon, this wine comes from vines averaging ninety years in age! Soil types are granitic, which is common through the Bio Bio. Open-top spontaneous fermentation is done in stainless steel tanks, with free run juice fermented separately from pressed juice. Whole berry fermentation is done with no stems. This wine stays three months on the skins. The Muscat produces its classic aromatic fireworks, but this is a much more refined a delicate wine on the palate, with a fine steely structure lain over beautiful, peppery musk character. Andrew Farquhar
Eduardo Soler started Ver Sacrum after a visit to the Gredos mountains of Spain, where he fell in love with mountainous styles of Grenache. He decided to make high-altitude, low-alcohol, lighter wines - not what consumers think of when they think of Argentina. This is a pretty, mineral-driven Grenache, still with the classic dense strawberry compote fruit character of the variety, but including a nice minerality and a finish redolent of a fistful of fresh Provençal herbs. This wine has fantastic concentration for being so light, and will pair with all manner of partygoing. Andrew Farquhar
This Pais from the Maule valley south of Santiago is from a single vineyard planted over 200 years ago by the ancestors of the current winemaker Jose Luis Bastias. The grapes are pressed by hand over a "Zaranda," a traditional bamboo sieve, and then fermented in cement and aged in the family's old casks made from Rauli beech, a species native to Chile and the traditional method of aging. This wine has an incredible herbal nose. "Matorral" is the name for the main ecoregion in temperate Chile, a low, xeric shrubland of herbs and hardy bushes most of which are not found outside Chile. Thus, this wine has it's own, Chilean style of "garrigue", a sweet and sour, heady, intense, and pleasantly alien herbal character that comes from the native plants surrounding the vineyard. Wed to a dense dried plum character, this is a truly original style of wine from the of the oldest ungrafted vines in the world. Andrew Farquhar