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El Porvenir de Cafayate Amauta Tannat 2016

Tannat from Salta, Argentina
    14.5% ABV
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    14.5% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Red mature notes on the nose, spicy with notes of eucalipt, figs and mentol. Intense and sweet entry due to the mature tannins and a good polyphenolic ripeness. Medium high structure with balanced acidity and long final.

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    El Porvenir de Cafayate

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    El Porvenir de Cafayate, Salta, Argentina
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    El Porvenir de Cafayate is a small, family owned winery located in Cafayate (North West of Argentina), in the province of Salta - a 3 hour drive from the town of Salta, through a mountainous area known as Quebrada de Cafayate. The Romero family bought the property in 2000. They built their house in the middle of an old vineyard called Finca El Retiro and bought and planted more land through the years. The family’s vineyards are situated at an incredible 5,740 feet above sea level, in a highly unique and privileged grape growing region. Like Mendoza, Cafayate benefits from a large day-to-night temperature fluctuation and extremely low rainfall and humidity. Desert climate and poor soil favor the production of high quality grapes. The winery is run by Lucia Romero-Marcuzzi, with winemaker Mariano Quiroga Adamo (who joined her in 2010), agronomist Santiago Bugallo and wine consultant Paul Hobbs. Her team is dedicated to crafting small quantities of exceptional wines with an annual production limited to approximately 17,000 cases. Like all great winemakers, the family believes that quality begins in the vineyards, and so maintains fanatical control and care throughout the process, from planting to manual harvest. This care continues in the winery, which is gravity-flow, and through the wine’s aging in French and American oak barrels. The result is some of the highest quality wine coming out of Argentina today.

    The Salta region in northern Argentina is home to world’s highest vineyards. Near the town of Payogasta, the Colomé Altura Máxima vineyard is planted at 10,206 feet in elevation.

    Salta is part of the Calchaquí Valley, which benefits from more than 300 days of sun per year, subjecting its vines to considerable ultraviolet radiation. The valley experiences strong high altitude winds, even in the “lower” vineyards, which are planted at 5,413 feet. Because of these elevations and resulting extreme conditions, vines produce lower yields and thicker-skinned grapes, resulting in concentrated, aromatic and well-structured wines.

    In a truly unique region, the highly aromatic variety, Torrontes, thrives; intense sun exposure allows full ripening, while cooling winds maintain the grapes’ acidity levels and phenolic balance.

    Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bonarda, Syrah, and, particularly, Tannat have the most potential among reds.

    Upscale hotels, beautiful colonial architecture, a majestic Andean backdrop and impressive food and wine make the area attractive among tourists as well.

    Salta is the fourth most important Argentine wine-producing region after Mendoza, San Juan, and La Rioja. Its oldest vineyards were planted in 1862.

    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 with softer varieties like Pinot noir or Merlot, and often do in order to soften up Tannat’s firm character.

    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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