Passionate Wines Montesco Punta Negra 2011
Pinot Noir from Argentina, South America
100% Pinot Noir, looks as Pinot should, cherry to garnet, bright Delicate red fruits, a touch savoury, floral notes, ripe cranberry Definitely Pinot, really good structure, nice acidity, sour cherries, fresh cranberry juice, supple, long Wild, rustic.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2011 Punta Negra is a single vineyard Pinot Noir located at 1,500 meters at the foot of the Andes. After a double grape selection, it is aged in an old cask dating from 1948, which I presume is still under warranty from its original maker, one Mr. Alfonso. It has a very natural nose of red currant, cranberry and baked cherry that is beautifully defined and full of character. The palate is medium-bodied with acidity and filigree tannins. The finish is very precise, with cranberry leaf and wild strawberry lingering long in the mouth. This is a stunning take on Pinot Noir. Drink now-2018."
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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 & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.