Bodega Bressia is a 49-acre family winery owned by Walter Bressia, a veteran winemaker of over 30-years and one of the most renowned winemakers in Argentina.  The winery is located in Agrelo, Luján deCuyo which is the oldest and principal wine region in Argentina and has the oldest, highest quality vineyards, with elevations rising from 2,788 to 3,543 feet above sea level.  

In 2003, after decades of working in collaboration with larger wineries, Bressia decided to pursue a dream he had always had in mind: creating his own tiny production, high quality winery.  His winery is completely in family hands where the product enjoys extra attention, which is a great advantage of small production wineries. The wines Bressia is putting his name on are widely considered to be among the best produced in all of Argentina.Bodega Bressia has a total production level of only about 50,000 bottles among 10 different wines.

Unique among  Argentine  winemakers is his belief that the true art of winemaking is found in achieving harmony through the combination of various varietals; all of his wines are blends of two or more grapes from different parcels or varietals.  Bressia believes “assemblages”, or wines made from different varieties of  grapes combined in different proportions, is the key to making a “Grand Vin.” Each of Bressia’s acclaimed blends demonstrates his talent for transforming winemaking into an alchemist’s art where each bottle is the perfect amalgam of its various parts.





Bressia Monteagrelo Chardonnay 2009

This elegant Chardonnay stands out among Argentine whites as one of the finest. It comes from Bressia’s vineyards in Luján de Cuyo, at 3,083 feet above sea level.This altitude, and the resulting large difference between day and night temperatures, allows Bressia to achieve an acidity lacking in many South American whites. The wine was aged for only 6 months in French oak barrels,allowing the pure, clean fruit to come through. The aromas are truly seductive and beguiling with notes of pear, tropical fruits like kiwi, and a touch of buttery caramel. On the palate it holds its own, with powerful structure and elegance and a long lasting, round finish. The smooth flavors of pear and pineapple are balanced by the wine’s wonderful acidity. Only 3,000 bottles were produced.  

 

Bressia Lagrima Canela 2007

Lagrim aCanela means “cinnamon tear.” A harmonious blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Semillon, this wine exudes power and elegance. Bressia describes it as “a white wine for red wine drinkers”. The grapes come from the Valle de Uco, where the climate is cooler, and this is a white in the style of a great Burgundian.The wine is barrel fermented and aged for 14 months in French and American oak.It is not for the faint-at-heart. On the nose it is shockingly expressive, with honey and tropical fruits leaping to the forefront. With the first sip, a long and complicated journey begins, and seems to never end. Layers of pineapple and kiwi mingle with strawberry and buttery smoothness. Each sip seems to reveal a different flavor, and when the bottle is done you will only want to open another to continue the discovery of all this wine has to offer. The most complex white wine in our portfolio and most limited as well, with a miniscule production of less than 2,100 bottles. 

Robert Parker rated this wine 91 points, saying in August 2009 that the 2007 Lagrima Canela, an intriguing blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Semillon aged for 14 months in new French and American oak. Light gold colored with a perfume of candle wax, pear, melon, and toasty oak, on the palate the wine is medium-bodied with well-integrated oak, dry flavors, a creamy texture, and outstanding depth and concentration. This nicely balanced effort is likely to drink well for another 4-5 years.

 

Bressia Monteagrelo Malbec 2010

For all the lovers of full-bodied, juicy red wines, this 100% Malbec blend will not disappoint. The Malbec grapes come from three different vineyards in Agrelo,Luján de Cuyo, ranging between 3,000 and 3,200 feet above sea level, the fruit used in this wine is extremely concentrated in flavor. Aged for 18 months in new French and American oak barrels, the Monteagrelo Malbec is an inky purple-red in color and offers black fruits such as cassis and plums on the nose balanced by chocolate, coffee and vanilla notes derived from oak aging. In the mouth this wine is full bodied and meaty with notes of ripe red fruit, cassis, toasted coffee and chocolate on the finish. Simply calls out for meat!  Only 12,000 bottles were produced. 

Stephen Tanzer rated this wine 89 points saying, it has a saturated, bright ruby-red color. Aromas of black raspberry, roast coffee, fig, licorice, mocha and musky oak. Plush, pliant and sweet, with seductive berry, coffee, spice cake and tobacco flavors complicated by smoke and game nuances. Finishes with sweet tannins, a whiff of herbs and sneaky persistence.

 

Bressia Monteagrelo Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

A world class example of Cabernet from Argentina, with the elegance of a French Cabernet Sauvignon but the power of a California Cabernet Sauvignon. A scant 4,700 bottles of this gem were handcrafted with the Bressia magic touch. Thegrapes come from extremely densely planted vineyards in Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza,at 3,080 feet above sea level. The wine undergoes prolonged maceration and is then aged for 15 months in new French and American oak. It comes out an intense red color with purple highlights typical of the variety. On the nose there is a perfect harmony of fruit and oak, with peppery, spicy notes adding complexity.On the palate it has excellent body and chewy tannins, with a well-balanced finish. Bressia has succeeded in creating a Cabernet with a sense of terroir.

Robert Parker rated this wine 88 points, saying the 2009 Monteagrelo Cabernet Sauvignon, from Lujan de Cuyo, is aged in French and American oak for 12 months. It has a very Old World, Left Bank bouquet with subtle herbaceous notes and very fine delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with tart red fruit and a fleshy, supple red currant and cranberry-tinged finish. This is very fine,although it offers short-term pleasure. Drink now-2015.

Bressia Monteagrelo Syrah 2009

One of the few, great 100% Syrahs from Mendoza. This is a typical Bressia work of art and, in typical fashion, the artist has crafted a mere 3,000 bottles. The grapes come from extremely densely planted vineyards in Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza,at 3,200 feet above sea level. The wine undergoes prolonged maceration and is then aged for 15 months in new French and American oak. The result is a truly special Syrah of an intense deep red, with spicy aromas of coffee and cinnamon.On the palate it is elegant and well balanced, with a meaty, spicy undertone and a touch of white pepper and dried roses which immediately identify it as a Syrah. The search for the perfect pairing for lamb dishes has ended. 

Robert Parker rated this wine 89 points saying the 2009 Monteagrelo Syrah has a gregarious, blueberry and boysenberry-scented bouquet with touches of mint and fennel. The palate is medium-bodied with sturdy tannins, plenty of earthy,mulberry and dark plum fruit and a structured finish that suggests this could age well over 5-6 years. Drink now-2018.

 

Bressia Monteagrelo Cabernet Franc 2010

One of the few excellent Cabernet Francs from the Southern Hemisphere, this is yet another example of Walter Bressia’s immense wine making skill. Like all his wines, this one is tiny production, just around 2,000 bottles made—and BottledPoetry is the first to proudly sell it in the United States. The grapes come from extremely densely planted, traditionally trained vineyards in Luján deCuyo and the Uco Valley, Mendoza, one at 3,080 feet and the other at 3,700 feet above sea level. The wine undergoes prolonged maceration and is then aged for 15 months in new French and American oak barrels. It comes out an intense red color with purple highlights and black edges. Its aromas are mysterious and intriguing: elusive notes of red and black fruits, red pepper, and a touch of vanilla and mocha lent by the oak barrels. It has a truly magical palate: sweet entry, great balanced body, with a surprising velvety volume and a meaty note.Its finish seems everlasting, leaving you marveling at the winemaking prowess of this wizard from Mendoza who just seems to get better and better.

Robert Parker and The Wine Advocate rated this wine 92 points saying, the 2010 Monteagrelo Cabernet Franc does not shy away from expressing the grape variety on the nose, with those lovely bell pepper notes augmenting the rustic black fruit profile. The palate is well-balanced with crisp acidity, vibrant red berry fruit and a nicely composed Loire-meets-Argentina finish. This is a superb take on the grape variety – bravo! Drink now-2018.

Stephen Tanzer rated this wine 89 points saying, it has a good ruby-red color.Blueberry, licorice, mocha and coffee bean on the nose, plus a whiff of roasted herbs. Slightly wild in a positive way, with dark fruit flavors complicated by smoky minerality and a saline element. Plump, fine-grained, silky wine,finishing with smooth tannins. Already very easy to drink. 

Bressia Pinot Noir Piel Negra 2009

The skin of the famous Pinot Noir grape is known for its black-purple color; hence the name “Piel Negra” or “black skin”. This 100% Pinot Noir, highly unique among Argentine Pinot Noirs for its more “Burgundian” style, comes from high altitude, low-yield vineyards in Luján de Cuyo. It is aged for 8 months in new French oak barrels, and then for a year in bottle. Its color is a surprisingly dark, deep red with sparkling black edges. Its aromas are perfectly typical Pinot Noir aromas: red cherries, blackberries, ripe tomato and rose petals.These are then joined by notes of spices like cinnamon, rosemary and mint dancing with touches of coffee, vanilla and smokiness lent by the French oak.Despite its structure, it is very elegant and silky, with a texture that makes it a perfect accompaniment to lamb, duck and meat with hearty sauces such as Bourguignon, but also a great partner for seafood dishes with salmon, tuna,lobster and shellfish. Only 2,500 bottles were produced. 

Robert Parker rated this wine 92 points, saying that the 2009 Pinot Noir Piel Negrawas sourced from Tupungato and aged for 8 months in new French oak. It is a dense, rich, extracted style of Pinot Noir with an alluring bouquet of spice,rose petal, and red fruits. Impeccably balanced and velvety-textured, this impressive Pinot will make aficionados of this grape take notice of what can be achieved in certain Mendoza microclimates.

 Bressia Profundo 2007

The term “profundo”, deep or profound in English, is the best way to describe this complex wine which combines 50% Malbec30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 10% Syrah. Aged 12 months in French and American oak and one year in bottle, this wine is a shining example of Bressia’s ability to achieve nearly flawless elegance and complexity in his blends. An intense, inky red in color, this wine offers blackberries, plums, eucalyptus and notes of tobacco and vanilla on the nose. In the mouth it is full bodied yet elegant, and balances ripe fruit flavors and a definite meatiness with subtle oak flavors.Perfect for any meat or game based meal, Walter Bressia’s Profundo will unfold with each sip and convince you why Bressia is one of Argentina’s most celebrated winemakers. Only 8,000 bottles were produced.

Robert Parker rated this wine 91 points, saying that it has a glass-coating opaque purple color; it surrenders a slightly reticent bouquet of wood smoke, exotic spices, floral notes, incense, and assorted black fruits. Layered and plush on the palate, with some complexity, this concentrated offering has enough structure to evolve for another 2-3 years and will be at its best from 2013 to 2022. 

Bressia Conjuro 2007

As spellbinding as the name suggests, the Conjuro wine is Walter Bressia’s crown jewel, and produced in the extremely limited quantities befitting such a jewel(approximately 2,500 bottles). A blend of 50% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon,and 20% Merlot from vineyards in Tupungato, Valle de Uco, Mendoza, this wine reveal slayer after layer of complexity and sophistication. The wine is aged for 18 months in new French oak barrels, but there is no heavy-handedness about it. Bressia has created a true miracle: a well-integrated, perfectly balanced wine that marries oak flavors of coffee and vanilla with elements of red and black fruit, smokiness, minerals and mint. Combining the best qualities of each of its grapes, this wine proves extremely versatile and pairs well with meat,poultry and richer pastas and autumnal dishes.

Robert Parker rated this wine 94 points, saying the 2007 Conjuro is a blend of 50% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot from Gualtallary in the Tupungato Valley that is aged in Taransaud oak for 18 months. It has a superb bouquet of blackberry, briary, freshly tilled soil and cedar, it is wonderful defined and fresh, yet powerful and convincing. The palate is full-bodied with supple black fruit, supremely well-integrated oak and a harmonious, powerful, yet feminine finish that will need a couple more years to fully absorb the wood. Everything here is perfectly in sync – what an outstanding wine. Drink 2013-2020+

 Bressia Ultima Hoja 2006

“Ultima Hoja”, a clever play on words that can mean “last leaf” or “last page”, could be Bressia’s final masterpiece, the final page in the book he has written. It is a blend of the winery’s best Malbec grapes from their vineyards in Luján de Cuyo, at 3,115 feet above sea level, with a low yield of 2,630 plants per acre.This is a limited edition wine with only 800 bottles produced. The blend was aged for 24 months in new French oak barrels and then stored for 12 months in the bottle. This magical wine is an intense deep red color, with purple and black highlights. It has enticing aromas of ripe red and black fruits such as plums, raspberries, blackberries and gooseberries, flanked by touches of chocolate, caramel and coffee from the fine toast of the French oak. It is a true accomplishment in the glass, with great balance, robustness and elegant full body, and its finish seems eternal. Like all the classic Malbecs, this one is great beef’s perfect partner.

“The last leaf always brings happiness andsatisfaction because, to reach that moment, we have gone through many otherswith great effort and enormous dedication. “- Walter Bressia


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