Alamos Red Blend 2010
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This inaugural vintage of the Alamos Red Blend offers a unique combination of Argentine traditions with its Malbec base and layers of Bonarda. Dark berry fruit flavors are framed by brown spice and vanilla oak characters. Tempranillo grapes give this wine a unique earthy character while Syrah, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon add structure.
Blend: 40% Malbec, 18% Tempranillo, 14% Bonarda, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 7% Syrah
Wine & Spirits - "The depth of flavor in this wine offers sweet fruit that’s rich rather than excessive in its ripeness, the texture seductive. It’s a voluptuous red for lamb chops.
From the vineyard to the winery, the Alamos wines are made to emphasize varietal fruit character. The cool evening temperatures in Catena's high altitude vineyards allow for prolonged hang time, preserving the fruit's full spectrum of aromas and flavors.
At the winery, the grapes are gently destemmed, fermentation temperatures are carefully controlled and two to four year old barrels are used to age the wines. View all Alamos 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.
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