High Note Wine

The Region

Mendoza, 675 miles west (inland) from Buenos Aires, has long possessed the best conditions for vine growing in Argentina and accounts for 70% of Argentinean wine produced and 84% of all Argentinean Malbec.

The area’s stony soil allows for excellent drainage, and the high altitude of the vineyards – from 2,000 to over 5,000 feet above sea level – offers more intense sunlight and low humidity. These conditions help reduce vine disease and provide a long, dry growing season with low yields of small grapes with concentrated flavor, color and tannins. A host of environmental factors in each sub-region produces fruit that is dramatically different in style. Uco Valley’s higher elevation has more intense sunlight, cooler temperatures and sandy soil that results in a slow, balanced ripening cycle with long hang times and good acidity. Malbec from this area tends to be both concentrated and soft.