Cielo y Tierra Don Juan Nahuel Malbec 2007
Malbec from Argentina, South America
Ruby red color, with bluish tones. Open varietal aroma with marked spicy notes. Unctuous, with soft and mature tannins. Having an intense finish, it leaves an aftertaste of roasted red peppers with delicate raisin notes.
Don Juan Nahuel is named after Gustavo Santaollalla's son.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 Don Juan Nahuel Malbec spent 20 months in French oak. It offers up an already complex bouquet of floral, underbrush, and black fruit aromas leading to a savory, structured, full-flavored wine with enough structure and balance to drink well through 2019, if not longer. "
Wine & Spirits - "In addition to malbec's classic cherry and violet aromas, this wine offers an intriquing earthy, mineral side that sets it apart. It's substantial, with a powerful grip to the tannins and a structure built for steak."
Cielo y Tierra Winery
Full of life with boundless passion and enthusiasm for all things cultural would be an apt description of Gustavo Santaolalla. Gustavo is world renown in his field of music.
Gustavo believes that cultural identity will be the business of the future. The culture he most passionately wishes to promote is his beloved Argentina. With wine as another of his passions, Gustavo started Cielo y Tierra in 2005 when he purchased a vineyard in Lunlunta (Lujá de Cuyo, Mendoza). The Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon vines are from 14-40 years of age on this 10 hectare vineyard. View all Cielo y Tierra Wines
About ArgentinaView a map of Argentina wineries (ahr-jen-TEE-nah)
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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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.