Since we know that the birthplace of a great wine is always a great vineyard, our ears should perk up when we hear that the owners of a truly great vineyard have begun bottling and selling their own wines. Such is the case with Viña Qaramy, one of the most exciting projects to come out of Mendoza in some time. The father-son team of Mario and Leonardo Bromberg were originally only selling the grapes from their impeccably tended and extremely stony 247 acres of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah vineyards in Los Arboles, Valle de Uco, at around 3,000 feet above sea level.

They sold, and continue to sell, to some of Argentina’s top wineries, and are consistently praised for the high level of quality of these grapes. Because of this, they decided to begin using 10% of the grapes to create small lots of their own wines under the label Qaramy, meaning “poetry” in the Qechua language of Argentina’s indigenous people. If their first vintage of 2005 (a total of 39,000 bottles of two wines) is any indication, that was an excellent decision whose benefits we will reap for a long time to come. Crafting their now four wines in a rented winery with enologist Rolando Laconti, Qaramy has already reached the top heights of winemaking. There are three blends and a pure Malbec, and they have plans to grow only slightly in production. Wines are aged in 50% new and 50% second use, all-French oak. In the second half of 2008 they will build a small winery on their property, this solidifying their commitment to being among not just the great growers but the great producers as well. The Brombergs believe that their terroir is the poetry of the land and of their ancestors, and that their role is to allow this poetry to be interpreted in each bottle. It seems that they are a perfectly suited new member of Bottled Poetry’s portfolio!

 

Qaramy Malbec 2007

Another great, pure fruit accomplishment from Qaramy, this 100% Malbec is pure quality. The grapes are part of the 10% used by the Brombergs to make their own wines (the rest is sold to some of the top Mendoza wineries) from their high altitude (3,000 feet above sea level), top quality vineyards in Los Arboles, Valle de Uco. The wine is made by up-and-coming oenologist Rolando Laconti, and spends 10 months in 50% new, 50% second use French oak. There are only 6,000 bottles made. The color is remarkably dark, with seemingly no edges. Aromas of blackberries, plums pencil lead, and mocha dance out of the glass, and continue on the palate. It is unique for its velvety smoothness, and for being extremely fruit-forward while not over-extracted or over-oaky. This wine screams for beef!

 

 Qaramy Finca 2005

With this ideal blend of 61% Malbec, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 16% Syrah, the Brombergs hit a homerun in their very first vintage. The grapes come from young (5-year-old) vines in rocky-sandy soil in Tunuyan. They are hand harvested and fermentation takes place in 6-ton, open-top concrete-lined tanks. The wine undergoes a 6-day cold soak, 16 days of maceration, and finally malolactic fermentation in barrel. It is aged for 9 months in French oak barrels, 12% of which are new and the rest second use. It was bottled, unfined and unfiltered, in June 2006. The wine appears in the glass as an intense purple color, and its attractive nose has aromas of red fruits and a touch of oak. It has sweet fruit on the attack, with a juicy and slightly chewy texture, and plenty of healthy tannins. Excellent acidity and a long finish make this a wine that can stand up to almost any meal.

 

 

Qaramy Alto 2005

This wine is an intriguing blend of 60% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Syrah, coming from the same young, high altitude vineyards in Tunuyan. The difference is a selection in the vineyard of the best parcels, and a selection in the winery. It is then vinified in the same manner as the Finca, fermented in open top cement lined tanks, and undergoing the same maceration. It spends a bit longer, 14 months, in the same French oak barrels. An impressively dark almost-black-purple, the Alto seems like a vinous fortress. Its aromas are surprisingly deep and complex, and along with the usual dark fruits and spices, one catches fleeting notes of forest, earth, and mushrooms. On the palate the wine plays the paradox, at once dry yet seductive, robust yet agile, and possessing a great fruity body yet with backbone and nerve. Its harmony between fruit and oak is exemplary, and its tannic structure and acidity are hints that the Alto could come of out of your cellar in 10 years an even better wine.

 

Qaramy “600” Red Blend 2005

This just might be one of the most special (if not the most limited) wines in our portfolio. The wine is named “600” because an incredible 600 bottles (just one barrel!) were made, and each bottle is specially numbered. This wine is a unique blend of 60% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Syrah, coming from the best parcels of the winery’s own 9-year old vineyards, at 3,300 feet above sea level in the famed Uco Valley. These vineyards are impeccably farmed, and have an extremely low yield of 4,015 lbs. /acre. The juice is fermented in the traditional way, in open top concrete tanks, and the wine then undergoes cold maceration for 6 days. It spent 14 months in new French oak, and the result is a stunningly elegant wine. Its color is the purple-black so typical of the Uco Valley, and it dazzles with aromas of violets, blackberries, and vanilla. Its mouth feel is suitably velvety for a wine of its pedigree and the flavors of blackberry and violets continue, joined with notes of mocha, all coming together in a harmonious, incredibly long finish. A true rare gem, this wine could be aged for 15 more years, or can be drunk now for maximum enjoyment with full bodied beef or lamb dishes.


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