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Bodegas Alma Negra Red Blend 2007

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Winemaker Notes

Blend: 85% Bonarda, 10% Malbec, and 5% Cabernet Franc

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The 2007 Blend is composed of 85% Bonarda, 10% Malbec, and 5% Cabernet Franc. Medium purple in color, it sports a lively nose of Asian spices, a hint of balsamic, cinnamon, sage, lavender, plum, and blackberry. Savory on the palate with plenty of spicy fruit, this ripe, easygoing effort will provide pleasure over the next 4-5 years.
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Bodegas Alma Negra

Bodegas Alma Negra

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Bodegas Alma Negra, Argentina
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Through many business encounters in Argentina, Alex Bartholomaus and Ernesto Catena discovered they were kindred spirits when it comes to beauty and wine. They decided to collaborate on a wine that would symbolize many of the different thing in which they believe. Their approach to the task was to not solely focus on the wine, but to also reminisce about the past year. They talked about the weather, family, polo, great meals and travel. Before they knew it, many layers of beauty were united into one wine - Alma Negra. Alma Negra literally means "dark soul" and represents the depths of beauty in the shadows of our souls.

Bodegas Alma Negra is located in Mendoza, Argentina.

Argentina

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With vineyards tretching along the eastern side of the Andes Mountains from Patagonia in the south to Salta in the north, Argentina is one of the world’s largest and most dynamic wine producing countries—and most important in South America.

Since the late 20th century vineyard investments, improved winery technology and a commitment to innovation have all contributed to the country’s burgeoning image as a producer of great wines at all price points. The climate here is diverse but generally continental and agreeable, with hot, dry summers and cold snowy winters—a positive, as snow melt from the Andes Mountains is used heavily to irrigate vineyards. Grapes very rarely have any difficulty achieving full ripeness.

Argentina’s famous Mendoza region, responsible for more than 70% of Argentina’s wine production, is further divided into several sub-regions, with Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley most noteworthy. Red wines dominate here, especially Malbec, the country’s star variety, while Chardonnay is the most successful white.

The province of San Juan is best known for blends of Bonarda and Syrah. Torrontés is a specialty of the La Rioja and Salta regions, the latter of which is also responsible for excellent Malbecs grown at very high elevation.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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