Altocedro Ano Cero Tempranillo 2011
Tempranillo from Argentina
Altocedro Ano Cero Tempranillo is a La Consulta-terroir driven Tempranillo that is fresh, fruit-forward, and easy-to-drink.
International Wine Cellar - "Bright red. Aromas of red cherry, currant, flowers and spicy oak. At once sweet and perfumed, with lively acidity giving good juicy lift to the pristine flavors of red fruits, flowers, spices and herbs. This refreshing and thoroughly delightful tempranillo reminded me of a Central Coast wine made from a blend of southern French grapes."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2011 Ano Cero Tempranillo is from La Consulta, San Carlos and Uco Valley that is aged for eight months in used barrel. It has a pure bouquet with redcurrant and raspberry, where the oak is well-integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with rounded, supple tannins and a structured finish of raspberry and wild strawberry that exhibits impressive persistency. This is a very fine Tempranillo."
Wine Spectator - "Offers layers of smoke, graphite and flowers to the racy currant, raspberry and damson plum fruit, as assertive tannins hold back the finish."
- View All
The winery of Altocedro is located in the growing region of La Consulta, Valle de Uco, Mendoza. This is one of the premier Argentine growing zones. Limited production with sustainable growing practices make the Altocedro wines a cult-type wine in Argentina. Winemaker Karim Mussi Saffie focuses on producing terroir-driven wines.
All harvesting, sorting, and crushing are done in individual batches by hand using no machinery in the process. The vines range up to 70 years of age, with only 1,600 plants per acre, and strict harvesting of only 1.2 kg of grapes per vine. The extract is done with a gravity flow system developed at the winery over 100 years ago. View all Altocedro Wines
Notable FactsUnlike its Chilean neighbor, Argentina's vineyards are spread out around the country. The best known region is Mendoza, almost parallel to Santiago to the west. Mendoza contains the sub-regions of Maipu (pronounced MY-pu) and San Rafael. Grape-wise, the most important white is Chardonnay, making wine similar to California's style on the variety. Another fun white grape to try is Torrontes. Almost only grown in Argentina, Torrontes makes wines that are crisp, aromatic and easy-drinking. Some of the best versions of this wine come from the northern region of Salta, with very high altitude vineyards. As for the reds, Cabernet Sauvignon is the main grape for many wines leaving the country, but Malbec, the grape Argentinians like to call their own, makes very distinctive wines that are structured, dense and velvety. Many more varieties happily grow in the country, but for export, and consistent quality, these are the primary grapes.
About South AmericaRelated Links:
Young, organically farmed Carmenère at Chile's De Martino estate vineyard
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review0