El Esteco Chanar Punco 2013 750ml
SKU 812072

El Esteco Chanar Punco 2013

Salta - Argentina

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Rated 94 by Wine Enthusiast
This single-vineyard Malbec blend from vineyards that sit at 7,800 feet smells dark, grilled and rubbery, but also meaty and full of fruit. A full, lush palate avoids fierceness and lays on the richness. Toasty, lightly herbal berry and plum flavors are highly appealing. The wine tastes of herbs, salted meat and spices on a complex finish. Drink through 2024.
Rated 94 by Wine Advocate
The powerful 2013 Chañar Punco was quite impressive because of its balance and elegance within the ripe style of the northern, high-altitude vineyards. It's a blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from a place called Chañar Punco in the Valle Calchaqui but in the province of Catamarca, not in Salt, from a 16-year-old vineyard planted on stony glacial soils rich in calcium carbonate (limestone). It fermented in new oak barrels with native yeasts and a total maceration time of 25 days. It matured in those barrels for a period of 18 months. This still needs more time in bottle, as the chalky tannins are still pretty present, but has all the stuffing and balance to develop nicely. If you want a powerful, XXL red, this is for you. 6,000 bottles were filled in December 2015.

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Region: Salta

For lovers of New World wine, the region of Salta is generally regarded as being amongst the finest and most geographically interesting in the world. Situated at the extreme north of Argentina, Salta is a wine region which is both at an impressively high altitude, as well as an extremely low latitude, being a mere twenty four degrees from the equator. However, these two factors cancel each other out when it comes to viticulture, producing a superbly warm and fertile environment for the cultivation of vineyards. The mountainous landscape of Salta reaches elevations of up to 3,000 meters above sea level, an astonishing figure which demonstrates just how unique the region is. Within the main wine provinces of Cafayate and Molinos, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes (the region's flagship varietals) grow to full ripeness in the blazing sunshine, and produce exceptionally flavorful wines.

Country: Argentina

As the world's fifth largest producer of wine, after France, Italy, Spain and the United States, Argentina has plenty to offer the international wine market in regards to both quantity and quality. Despite this being the case for several decades now, it has only been since the end of the twentieth century that the Argentinian wine industry has really begun to up their game when it comes to the methods and techniques required to produce world class wines, which are both representative of their country and region of origin, and which stand alone as complex, interesting and delicious wines to drink. As Argentina became a serious contender in the international wine market, wineries previously concerned primarily with high volumes began to change their priorities, and formerly struggling small bodegas and independent wineries began to find success. Nowadays, well crafted wines from smaller vineyards in Argentina are being lauded as some of the finest in the world, and the country is starting to reap the benefits of its heritage, which include some very old vines, and up to four centuries of experience in wine production.