The Dos Minas (“two chicks” in Argentine slang) of the name are Lucía Romero, who runs Bodega El Porvenir de los Andes in Cafayate, Argentina, and Heather Willens, who runs Uva Buena, a representative of several small production Argentine wineries in the United States. Both are champions of wines from the mystical desert landscapes of Cafayate, and both believe that Torrontés is a wonderfully aromatic, food-friendly wine that is among the best of what Argentina has to offer to the world. So they decided to come together to create this small project to showcase the rugged, high altitude Malbec and the elegant, balanced Torrontés that the best producers in Cafayate are capable of making.

 

 

Dos Minas Torrontés 2009

Only 6,000 bottles were produced of this gem from the home of Torrontés, Cafayate. The grapes come from a well-known, high quality winery’s 60-year old Torrontés vines, trained in the pergola system, at close to 7,000 feet above sea level. The wine is kept in all stainless steel tanks to preserve the fresh fruit flavors and aromas of the fascinating grape. On the nose, it is a very typical Torrontés, emitting enticing aromas of lychee, rose petal, and melon. It does not disappoint on the palate, with flavors of the same tropical fruits, with a touch of peach pit and a surprisingly dry finish. Its crisp acidity keeps it from being flabby, and it is the perfect partner for spicy Asian food, seafood, or sushi, or can be served as a delightful aperitif.

 

 

 


Dos Minas Malbec 2008

One of the best and most interesting Malbecs we’ve tasted in years, this wine is also a phenomenal value. Coming from the winery’s 10-year old Malbec vines in Cafayate, at nearly 6,000 feet above sea level, the wine is then aged for 8 months in 3nd and 4th use French and American oak barrels. Only 12,000 bottles were made, and the result is stunning. On the nose the wine smells of dark ripe plums, violets, roasted meat and a mysterious earthy note. On the palate it is complex yet approachable, with some of the same fruit flavors, as well as a slight peppery note, all smoothed out but not covered up by the light touch of used oak. The Cafayate personality really shines through in this delightful wine, and it is an ideal beef wine but can also go with lighter dishes that call out for ripe fruit in a wine.


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