Las Nencias The Giol family is one of the oldest quality grape growing families in Argentina,

with vineyards dating back over 100 years and an extended family whose members continue to be highly influential in the wine business. Las Nencias is the dream of Angel Morchio, one of the inheritors of Jorge Giol’s legacy,and Angel’s daughter Maria, who has studied winemaking in both Argentina and California. The project takes its name from the Las Nencias valley, located 9,843 feet above sea level, with a backdrop view of the Marmolejo glacier amid the Andes Mountains. The most distinctive feature of this place is the wild growth of “nencias” a variety of stunning blue-purple flower that adorns the label of the wines. The vineyards are farmed 100% sustainably, and the winery is moving toward organic certification. Las Nencias stands out as a winery of exceptional quality among the sea of Malbec producers pouring out of Argentina today.

Head winemaker Héctor Durigutti helps craft lovely, typical wines from the family vineyards at 3,500 feet above sea level in the Uco Valley, putting his by now recognizable stamp of personality in each bottle.Héctor Durigutti is considered one of the foremost Argentinean winemakers with great authority on Malbec. He has worked closely with renowned Italian winemakers Alberto Antonini and Attilio Pagli for several years. At least one wine writer dubbed Héctor Durigutti the “rock star” of winemaking for developing the Malbec varietal into a major wine export for Argentina.

Las Nencias Malbec 2010 Reserva

Only 12,000 bottles were made of this perfect example of the delightful fruit from the Uco Valley.Another spectacular effort from one of Argentina's busiest winemakers, Hector Durigutti, the 100% Malbec grapes come from the family’s own 16 year-old vineyard in La Consulta, Valle de Uco, at 3,806 feet above sea level, allowing for great temperature variation through the hot sunny days (developing fruitiness and sugars) versus the cooler nights (retaining acidity) all in all giving this particular Malbec a tendency to contain high concentration of diverse flavor complexities and exceptional delicate roundedness. The grape wines are planted at a density of 1,550 plants per acre, and 100% sustainably farmed. A manual harvest and then a double sorting by hand take place, and the wine undergoes 28 days of maceration followed by spontaneous malolactic fermentation in oak barrels. Only wild yeasts are used, and it is unfiltered and unfined, then aged for 8-12 months in second use French barrels. It has an overwhelming, enticingfragrance of violets, followed by flavors of crushed dry violets, ripe plums, and blackberries on the palate. The deep, dark, yet floral fruit flavors make it elegant and powerful at the same time. As with all great Malbecs, it begs to be paired with a nice juicy slab of meat. 

Robert Parker rated this wine 90 points, saying the 2010Malbec Reserve has a floral nose with crushed violets infusing the crème decassis fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent tannins, fine acidityand an insistent grip on the minerally finish. Again, this is a thoughtfully crafted Malbec that isharmonious and complex. Drink now-2019. 

Las Nencias Malbec Family Selection 2010

The “Family Selection” is a nod to the long family history behind the Giol clan. A scant 3,000 bottles were made, and it is from the same family-owned 16 year-old vineyard in La Consulta, Valle de Uco, at 3,500 feet above sea level, planted at a density of 1,550 plants per acre, and 100% sustainably farmed. The same manual harvest and then double sorting by hand take place, and the wine undergoes 30 days of maceration followed by spontaneous malolactic fermentationin oak barrels. Only wild yeasts are used, and it is unfiltered and unfined,then aged for 16-18 months in new French oak barrels. Its color is a gorgeous dark purple, and it sends out lovely aromas of dried violets, blackberries,vanilla and spicy, smoky notes. On the palate it is a more concentrated,intense version of the Malbec Reserva, echoing its blackberry, violet and plum flavors but with a voluminous sophistication from the new French oak. Bravo!

Robert Parker rated this wine 90 points, saying from vines located in La Consulta in the Uco Valley, the 2010 Valle de Nencias Family Selection Malbec has a shamelessly decadent bouquet of luscious red cherries,kirsch and peppermint that you cannot help but adore. The palate is soft and rounded with plush tannins. It could have been cloying, but instead there is as satisfying thread of acidity and a caressing, oaky finish with smoke and hickory. For this style of wine, it is thoughtfully crafted and comes recommended. Drink now-2017. 

Las Nencias Blend Reserva 2011

Seeking to create a blend of Argentina’s most representative red grapes, while expressing the unique terroir of the Valle de Uco, the winery’s first blend is an impressive debut. Hector Durigutti handcrafed around 5,000 bottles of this blend of: 56%Malbec, 14% Bonarda, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Syrah,and Durigutti really shows with this beauty why he has become one ofArgentina’s preeminent winemakers. As with all the winery’s wines, the grapes come from the family’s own vineyards in La Consulta, Valle de Uco, at 3,500feet above sea level, planted at a density of 1,550 plants per acre, and 100%sustainably farmed.  The grapes are hand harvested, undergo a double selection process, a 26-day fermentation and maceration process, and malolactic fermentation. Only indigenous yeasts are used, as well as 20% bleed-off, and the wine is aged 8-12 months in French oak, and unfiltered and unfined. The finished product makes a powerful case for why blends are the most exciting wines coming out of Argentina today, with each grape lending its best qualities to the mix. Its color is the typical Argentine dark bluish-purple, and its aromas are a perfect amalgamation of each grape’s defining olfactory qualities, with notes of stewed plums, violets, mocha, and meatiness. On the palate it all comes together seamlessly, with a mouth filling texture balanced out by its smooth finish and wonderful earthy fruit.

Las Nencias Single Vineyard Malbec 2010

The goal of the winery in creating this new wine was to express all that the terroir of LaConsulta (Valle de Uco) can be, highlighting its lovely violet notes and deep complexity. It is from what they consider to be the finest grapes from the same family-owned 16 year-old vineyard in La Consulta, Valle de Uco, at 3,500 feet above sea level, planted at a density of 1,550 plants per acre, and 100%sustainably farmed. Only 1,500 bottles of this gem were produced, and impressively meticulous care was taken in each step of the winemaking process.As usual, manual harvest and then double sorting by hand take place, and the wine undergoes 36 days of maceration followed by spontaneous malolactic fermentation in oak barrels. Only wild yeasts are used, and it is unfilteredand unfined, then aged for 20 months in new French oak barrels. The result is awine that, based on its first showing here, deserves to take its place among the upper echelon of Argentine Malbecs. The color is that inviting deep, dark purple color that great Malbecs have, and on the nose aromas of violets and plums dance from the glass. It is a very serious and complex wine on the palate, with all the typical Valle de Uco Malbec flavors present, yet with anelegance that can come only from cooler, higher altitude parts of Mendoza. This elegance is what makes it stand out from the sea of Malbecs, and also what makes it such a perfect partner for sophisticated food, especially beef. 

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