This new winery, located in Perdriél, Luján de Cuyo, has vineyards located in both Tunuyán, Uco Valley, and in the high zone of the Mendoza River valley located at an average altitude of 3,500 feet, is producing some of Argentina's highest quality, value driven wines. The Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are grown in Tunuyán, and the red grapes nearby. To maintain freshness (and this unbeatable price) the wines are fermented and aged in stainless steel, with the exception of the Chardonnay, 30% of which ferments in the same new American oak barrels that it then spends 4 months aging in. The Pinot Gris does not see any oak treatment at all, and the Malbec and Cabernet have only a slight touch, with 30% of the wine aging in the barrel for 4 months. The Pinot Noir is fresh and bright; 70% of the juice spends 10 months in new and used oak which rounds out the edges and adds weight. Although this will be only the second vintage that the wines of Los Nevados have been available in the United States, the 10 year old vines have already proven to produce fruit of consistent quality, and the wines have received immediate acceptance by both trade and consumers.

 

 Los Nevados Chardonnay 2009

Defying the recent anti-Chardonnay backlash with its un-oaked freshness and incredible value, this is our favorite new Argentine Chardonnay. That freshness can be explained by the provenance of the grapes: cooler climate vineyards at 4,000 feet above sea level in Tunuyán, Valle de Uco. The grapes are then fermented in stainless steel and the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation, lending it its touch of creaminess without oak aging. On the nose, it playfully emits aromas of green apple and tropical fruits, and on the palate its fresh fruit delights from the first sip. It has a touch of tropical creaminess and pineapple, and a surprisingly voluminous finish for a wine of its price range. A show-stopping value!

 

 

 

Los Nevados Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Another unbelievable value from Los Nevados, this Cabernet packs a punch while still maintaining its fruity elegance. Coming from two vineyards, in Mendoza and the Uco Valley, both at around 3,500 feet above sea level. 30% of the wine is then aged for 4 months in new American oak. Its color is an intense ruby red, and its aromas are spicy and intense, with notes of plums and dark fruit confit complemented by a subtle coffee/vanilla hint. On the palate it is delightful and round, with red fruits like gooseberries and strawberries, and with sweet tannins and good structure. Hard to believe it costs so little when it tastes so much more expensive.

 

 

 Los Nevados Malbec 2008

Every now and then, among the sea of Malbecs now in the market, we discover one that reminds us why Argentina has become so appreciated as a wine-producing country: the best price-value ratio in the world. This is one of those Malbecs—a perfect representation of what Malbec should be and do, but at a price not to be believed. Coming from two vineyards, in Mendoza and the Uco Valley, both at around 3,500 feet over sea level. 30% of the wine is then aged for 4 months in new American oak. Its color is an intense violet-red, and its aromas are of fresh red fruits, with slight lactic notes of strawberry yogurt, well integrated with hints of the oak. On the palate it has sweet fruit and good roundness, with hints of strawberry or raspberry jam and smokiness, and great concentration. This is the case stacker of the season!


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