Lost in the Andes began as dream 10 years ago when Texas native Mark Addington wondered what could be done to make the perfect wine if the commercial side of the winemaking equation could be removed. He learned on a trip to California’s wine country that some of the storied wines from Napa were made by men who followed their passion to create a product without worrying whether they could sell the resulting wine to cover their investment. After all, that’s what he had done for years in his hobby of making wine in Texas. Addington started by planting his own backyard vineyard. But, he soon realized that to make the best wine, one had use the best grapes and the wine had to be made where the best grapes were found. This pursuit would soon take him to the other side of the equator where after years of searching he found the perfect grapes in Mendoza, Argentina. Not willing to settle for anything but the best of the best he scoured the countryside tasting wines and grapes, finally deciding on the grapes from the small, microclimate of Lunlunta (”Stone that falls or underground water noise” in Huarpe language). The Lunlunta district, which is next to the Mendoza River, is one of the most sought after wine growing areas in the primary zone of Mendoza. The vineyard is more than 80 years old and is managed for low yield premium grapes. In partnership with local winemaking expert Esteben Roldan, he applied his philosophy of sparing nothing in the pursuit of a great wine process. The dream is now a reality. Today, he manually harvests and hand selects the grapes, then processes them using state of the art equipment imported from Italy. The wine is then aged in first use French oak barrels before being bottled. Lost in the Andes wine is now available in limited quantities in the United States and imported first by Bottled Poetry. Lost in the Andes Malbec 2010: This limited production 100% Malbec comes from 80-year old vines with very low production in the Lunlunta district of Mendoza, which is next to the Mendoza River, and one of the most sought after wine growing areas in Mendoza. Only 4,700 bottles of this wine was made and Bottled Poetry is the first to import this wine into the United States. The primary fermentation was 25 days to include a short cold soak and an extended maceration to pull color and flavors from the skins. The wine was then aged in new, French oak barrels for 24 months. This special wine is an intense deep red color, with purple and black highlights. On the nose, the first notes are aromas of rich tobacco and spice. Befitting a small production wine, it has great balance, robustness and an elegant full body as the tannins tickle the mouth and then gives way to red fruit notes like plum and strawberry jam. This complex wine then leaves an aftertaste of caramel and cooked fruits. The wine is recommended for red meats especially a juicy roast or meats cooked on the grill. It can be cellared for 5 – 10 years for the best results. If drunk now, we recommend opening it early or decanting.
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