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Dos Minas Tannat 2016

    750ML / 14.5% ABV
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    750ML / 14.5% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Dos Minas make this Tannat believing it has found its place in Cafayate, and they make it in the young, fruity style that they like to drink. Cafayate is famous for its altitude and the intensity of the sun, this is why their famous Tannat has softer tannins and it's gentler on the palate.

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    Dos Minas, South America
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    The Dos Minas ("two chicks" in Argentine slang) of the name are Lucia Romero, who runs Bodega El Porvenir de los Andes in Cafayate, Argentina, and Heather Willens, who came to Buenos Aires via California and has experience working with small wineries in Argentina. Both are champions of wines from the mystical desert landscapes of Cafayate, and both believe that Torrontes is a wonderfully aromatic, food-friendly wine that is among the best of what Argentina has to offer to the world. So they decided to come together to create this small project to showcase the rugged, high-altitude Malbec and the elegant, balanced Torrontes that the best producers in Cafayate are capable of making.

    Only 1,000 cases are made of the Torrontes, and only 1,500 cases of the Malbec. The vines for the Malbec are an average of 15 years old, and the Torrontes has grapes from 65-year old vines trained in the pergola system.

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    Home to some of Argentina’s best Torrontes, the Cafayate Valley’s rugged, high-altitude vineyards are part of the Calchaquies Valley in northwestern Argentina. Here, this Argentine white variety is able to achieve optimal ripeness while maintaining a higher than average acidity; its wines are typically full-bodied, dry to off-dry and alluringly aromatic.

    In the Cafayate Valley, summers are warm and while most rainfall happens in these months, it isn’t enough to supply to the vineyards with enough water for the entire year. Snowmelt provides a fresh water source for irrigation in these arid and extreme conditionss.

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    Tannat

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    A brooding, rustic and dark red originating from the Madiran region in Southwest, France, Tannat is named for its naturally high level of tannins.

    The vines ended up in the hands of Basque settlers who are responsible for bringing the variety to Uruguay in the early 19th century—similar to Malbec’s journey to Argentina, which actually happened after Tannat’s trans-Atlantic journey, and by a Frenchman. Today the grape has become much more important in Uruguay, where it thrives in its warmer South American climate, making a wine still deep in color and bold in tannins but with riper, more forward fruit complemented by sweet autumn spice and roasting coffee aromas. Producers have more freedom here to blend the firm Tannat with softer varieties like Pinot noir or Merlot.

    From its home in Madiran, Tannat produces bold, inky and granular wines, concentrated in black and blue fruit with aromas of wet earth, dried herbs and graphite. They’re often composed of 100% Tannat but the law allows no less than 60%; the remainder of the blend can include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and an indigenous grape called Fer.

    Try Tannat with a big juicy steak, a rich Pasta Bolognese or any strong cheese.

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