Bodegas Nieto Senetiner Bonarda 2012
The history of Bodega Nieto Senetiner dates to 1888 when Italian immigrants founded and planted the first vineyards in Vistalba, a sub-region in the Luján de Cuyo region of Mendoza. Since then, Nieto Senetiner has been shaped by a succession of families who shared a commitment to their unique terroir in the Andean foothills. With three estate vineyards in the acclaimed Vistalba, Agrelo, and Alto Agrelo wine growing sub-regions, today Nieto Senetiner is the most popular premium Malbec producer in Argentina.
Nieto Senetiner is one of the oldest wineries in Mendoza’s esteemed Luján de Cuyo, with estate vineyards in the districts of Vistalba and Agrelo, located at 3,000 – 3,500’ elevation. These areas are some of the oldest and most traditional winemaking regions of Mendoza and were the birthplace of the Malbec quality revolution. Nieto Senetiner's wines, including its signature Nieto Malbec, are expressed via the tradition and vision of its three unique estate vineyard sites, each with distinct characteristics. The soft, supple texture of Vistalba, which is over 100 years old and one of the great heritage vineyards in Argentina; the power and elegance of Agrelo, featuring a unique cool climate Bonarda plantation; and the unique concentration and structure of extreme high altitude Alto Agrelo.
In addition to its rich heritage, Nieto Senetiner looks to the future with a commitment to sustainable winemaking practices, and under the guidance of visionary winemaker Santiago Mayorga and consultant Paul Hobbs.
By far the largest and best-known winemaking province in Argentina, Mendoza is responsible for over 70% of the country’s enological output. Set in the eastern foothills of the Andes Mountains, the climate is dry and continental, presenting relatively few challenges for viticulturists during the growing season. Mendoza, divided into several distinctive sub-regions, including Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley, is the source of some of the country’s finest wines.
For many wine lovers, Mendoza is practically synonymous with Malbec. Originally a Bordelaise variety brought to Argentina by the French in the mid-1800s, here it found success and renown that it never knew in its homeland where a finicky climate gives mixed results. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Pinot Noir are all widely planted here as well (and sometimes even blended with each other or Malbec). Mendoza's main white varieties include Chardonnay, Torrontés, Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.