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Move over Malbec

Sep 20, 2011
Move over Malbec
Cool climate pinot noir the next “it” wine from Mendoza’s Uco Valley

tupungato-vineyardsWho doesn’t associate Argentina with the bold, inky malbecs of Mendoza? But innovative winemakers in the Uco Valley, a cool sub-region about an hour south of the city, are making a strong case for pinot noir.

Mendoza is known for its hot, dry weather, but the Uco Valley’s 54 wineries benefit from the region’s colder, spring-like temperatures. Wineries like Bodega Salentein and Andeluna Cellars grow grapes at the foot of the snow-capped Andes. Here, where elevations reach 5,000 feet, cold nights insure that the grapes retain a crisp level of acidity, and tons of minerality— a boon for pinot growers.

A great example is the 2009 Salentein Reserve Pinot Noir, bright and elegant with aromas and flavors of cherries and strawberries. The 2008 Bodegas Atamisque Catalpa Pinot Noir is a silky, cherry-tinged wine that comes from twenty year-old vines. So while we’ll always adore malbec, we think these Argentine pinots deserve a shot on your dinner table soon.

What is your favorite pinot noir from Mendoza? Share it below.

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