The 100-year tradition of one of the most important wine families in Argentina meets modern winemaking technology at Bodegas y Viñedos Huarpe. The origins of this winery predate its establishment, and it is the continuation of the work of many generations in one of the world’s ideal wine-producing regions, Mendoza.

Named for the peaceful, hardworking natives that inhabited the Cuyo territory before the arrival of Europeans and founded in 2002, it is a young winery that draws upon the vast experience of its founders, three fourth-generation descendants of the Piedmont, Italy native Pasquale Toso (of Toso sparkling wine fame).

In charge of winemaking is Italian and German-trained winemaker José Hernandez Toso, chief winemaker of Luigi Bosca, while Alejandro Toso, former agricultural engineer of Pasquale Toso, manages the vineyard. José Hernandez Toso was named 2005 Winemaker of the Year by a voting group made up of other Argentine winemakers.


Lancatay Chardonnay 2009

Only 1,666 cases were made of this 100% Chardonnay from vineyards in Barrancas at an altitude of 2,560 feet above sea level. Grapes are manually harvested in February and then pressed in pneumatic presses, fermented in a controlled temperature and aged in French and American oak barrels for 6 months. A bright green-yellow, the wine reveals delicate olfactory notes of buttery pineapple and banana. It is a full-bodied, fruity yet balanced Chardonnay with excellent sustaining acidity. An ideal companion for shellfish, white meats, and pastas.

Chardonnay is incredible in Argentina. Altitude is the key. At different altitudes you get different characters. For example, more acidity from higher altitude, more tropical flavors from lower altitudes. When you blend them together you get a more interesting wine with a lot of layers of flavor.

 

Lancatay Bonarda 2009

Only 2,500 cases were made of this 100% Bonarda. This red grape is virtually indigenous to Argentina. In Mendoza it makes a juicy, flavorful, vibrant wine. The wine has a great purple-rimmed color, brambly plum and other black and red fruits on the nose, mocha and coffee on the palate, with more jammy plum fruit and a pleasant finish. This wine is elegant and well-balanced with sweet, smooth tannins, recommended with meat and cheeses. This is one of the finest examples of the grape on its own two feet.

 

 

Lancatay Merlot 2009

The first Merlot from this still young family winery is a winner and it was made exclusively for Bottled Poetry. The wine is unfiltered and unfined, and was aged for 6 months in French oak. The color is an attractive reddish-purple, and from the glass swirl aromas of dark cherries and ripe plums, with a spicy undertone that grabs your interest. Upon the first sip it is obvious that this is not your average uncomplicated Merlot—it has all the fruity characteristics one looks for in a Merlot, but with backbone and chewy tannins to keep it interesting. The finish is more elegant than expected from a Merlot of this price. A strong enough Merlot to partner with meat dishes as well as pizza and pasta.

 

Lancatay Malbec 2010

This 100% Malbec comes from Huarpe’s vineyards at an altitude of 2,560 feet above sea level. Neither filtered nor treated with clarifiers. Aged in French oak for four months, this wine is designed to be the easy drinking, fruity with just a “touch of oak” kind of wine. This wine is deep purple-red in color, has aromas of plum and cherry, and exhibits sweet tannins that are complex and persistent on the palate. It is an ideal match for meats, pastas and cheeses.

 

 

 

Lancatay Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon which comes from Huarpe’s vineyards located in Barrancas, Maipú, Mendoza. The wine is neither filtered nor treated with clarifiers. Aged in French oak for four months, this wine is designed to be the easy drinking, fruity with just a “touch of oak” kind of wine. Aromas of fruit, well defined tannins, and roundness with a long finish are some of the characteristics that make this the perfect wine to go with red meat and other robust dishes.

Robert Parker rated this wine 89 points, saying that the wine has as opaque purple color; herbs, olives, black currants, ripe and savory, excellent volume, long.

Stephan Tanzer rated this wine 87 points, saying that the wine has a medium ruby color, aromas of blackcurrant and licorice. Dense but juicy, with good stuffing and sweetness to the flavors of black fruits and licorice. Finishes broad and persistent, with sweet tannins and lingering notes of bitter chocolate and licorice pastille .

 

Taymente Chardonnay 2007

This 100%Chardonnay has as much a Burgundian character as possible outside of Burgundy. Total production is 6,000 bottles with only 1,800 bottles imported to the United States. The wine is from the winery’s 50-year old vineyards. The wine is aged in new French and American oak barrels for 10 months. It is an inviting bright green-yellow color, and on the nose shows agreeable fragrances of pineapple and lemon zest with delicate buttery notes. Its full body is balanced by a refreshing acidity, making it a very food friendly wine that can pair with a wide range of shellfish, pork, and pasta dishes.

 

Taymente Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon comes from Huarpe’s own 50-year old. 30,000 bottles were produced. The wine was neither filtered nor fined, and was then aged in new French and American oak barrels for 10 months, leaving it with an unabashedly fruity yet smooth profile not often found in wines that have spent more time in oak. The wine is an intense ruby-violet color, and entices with appealing notes of strawberries, cranberries, and mocha on the nose. On the palate it is surprisingly complex for a wine of its price range, with sweet, soft tannins, balanced acidity, and a touch of vanilla from the oak. An astounding value when put up against its cousins from California, it is a perfect partner for meat, heavy tomato-based pastas, and strong cheeses.

 

 

Taymente Malbec 2009

1,700 cases were made of this 100% Malbec from Bodegas y Viñedos Huarpe. 50% of the wine sees new American/French oak for 6-8 months. This signature Malbec bursts with raspberry flavors followed by hints of cedar and vanilla. A nicely balanced, unfiltered wine with a slightly chewy finish. This Malbec has an intense violet color and aromas of plum with hints of chocolate and vanilla. It is full-bodied with a very persistent flavor on the palate, and is recommended with meat and cheeses. This wine is a great value.

 

 


Huarpe 2007 Seleccíon de Bodega

This blend, 80% Malbec and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, is produced only in exceptional vintages, and in limited quantities (1,500 cases). It is the result of a rigorous selection process in both the vineyard and cellar – it is a wine for special occasions, at a price that allows for every day drinking. 100% of the wine is aged in new American oak for 12 months but the incredibly intense fruit of this wine supports the oak. On the nose, aromas of toffee, mocha and vanilla emanate, enticing you deeper into the glass. The treasure that exists there is a cornucopia of good deep dark fruits and Asian spices. The Huarpe Winery Selection expertly marries the fruit and power of Malbec with the structure and backbone of the Cabernet Sauvignon evoking a wine that is at once balanced, complex and completely delicious. With great aging potential, this is one of the most powerful wines in the portfolio as well as one of the best food wines available, pairing well with everything from steak to pastas.

 

Huarpe Guayquil 2005

In keeping with its tradition of naming its wines Huarpe language names, the winery named this, their ultra-premium wine, Guayquil, The Chosen One in Huarpe. The wine is a blend of 45% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot, 5% Bonarda, and 5% Tannat, from three very low yield, high altitude vineyards in Barrancas, Agrelo, and Tupungato. The wine is aged in new French oak barrels for 18 months, with malolactic fermentation complete. It is bottled, unfiltered and unfined, then spends one year in the bottle. Only 7,200 bottles were produced, and it is a winemaking triumph on the part of Jose Hernandez Toso, the winery’s well-trained and experienced winemaker.

The color of the wine is an inky, almost black-purple, incredibly dark color. The aromas that jump from the glass promise a wine of the highest quality: mocha, vanilla, dark ripe fruits, berries, pepper, and plum confit. On the palate it is highly complex and at the same time eminently drinkable, with an incredibly profound mid-palate leading into a long, powerful finish. Flavors of Asian spices, cassis, ripe plums and other black fruits, and meatiness abound. The oak, while very present, is surprisingly subdued and well integrated. This is a wine to cellar amongst the other collectibles from around the world, or drink now with a big hearty steak.

Stephan Tanzer rated this wine 90 points saying the wine is dark red in color with plum, currant, mocha and mint along with high-toned oak on the nose. It is fat, lush and sweet, with good minty lift to the plum and chocolate flavors. The wine finishes with an even dusting of tannins and lingering notes of plum and oak. A very sexy wine.


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