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Date Printed: 10/23/2014
Valentin Bianchi Enzo Gran Cru Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
Valentin Bianchi Enzo Gran Cru Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
(search item no. 62476)

PRICE ON 10/23/2014: $44.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Vineyards
The vineyards surround the city of San Rafael in southern Mendoza, and are planted 2,600 feet above sea-level. The foothills of the Andes rise above the vineyards and act as a barrier from the damp winds coming off the Pacific ocean. This unique landscape creates an ideal microclimate with moderately warm summers with warm days and cool nights. Winter temperatures fall below freezing at times. The soil is sandy-loam, calcarous and alluvial. There is little rainfall here, so the vineyards are naturally irrigated by runoff from the snow melting on the tops of the Andes. Two rivers, the Diamante and the Atuel also help irrigate the region.

Tasting Notes
Blend: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Malbec Ripe fruit aromas are followed by flavors of raspberries and cassis along with a little cocoa and spice. The layers of fruit and spice are finished by notes of black pepper and fruit.

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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.