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Date Printed: 7/29/2014
Valentin Bianchi Elsa Syrah 2003
Valentin Bianchi Elsa Syrah 2003
(search item no. 77903)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $7.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The grapes come primarily from Valentin Bianchi's Doña Elsa Estate of 345 acres, situated in Rama Caída, San Rafael, Mendoza, around 2,493 feet above sea level. One of the coolest areas in San Rafael, the soil in Rama Caída is of sandy calcareous composition and alluvial origins Picked by hand, the grapes go though the classical crushing and fermentation. There is minimal oak aging (no more than six months) in an effort to keep fruit fresh, lively and prominent.

Fine aromas of raspberry and cherry stand out from a background of smoked spices. In the mouth, the richness and complexity of French oak, and a firm and balanced structure, join together to produce a wine true to the varietal character of the grape. The same cherry flavors first discovered in the nose are found on the palate and linger through the long pleasing finish. 100% Syrah

This wine is especially compatible with lamb, smoked meats and hearty mushroom sauces.

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About Valentin Bianchi:

Bodega Valentin Bianchi is one of the oldest and most important wineries in South America. It is a symbol of tradition, nobility and quality in Argentine wines. Started in 1928 by Don Valentin Bianchi, they have won world attention and acclaim since 1934 starting with the "Maximum Quality" honor in Mendoza. On August 12, 1968, Don Valentin Bianchi passed away. However, the tradition that he firmly established continues to live on in his successors.

Today, Valentin Eduardo Bianchi and Ricardo Stradella Bianchi have brought the winery into the modern era. Valentin is the President of the winery while Ricardo is the Chief Financial Officer. Recently, they enlisted the aid of California winemaker, Robert Pepi. He has helped them refine some of their techniques and the new wines show the style that this new breed of management exemplifies. Pepi believes that Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon are the future of this winery.