Los Chacayes, Uco Valley.
– Location and altitude: 100 km to the south of Mendoza, at 1,250 metres (4,101 feet) above sea level.
– Climate: 250–350 mm annual precipitation. Temperate climate, with severe winters and warm summers, and cool nights.
– Soil: Rocky, mixed with coarse sand and some lime. Low fertility. Permeable.
– Style of wine: Intense colour. Deep spice and mineral notes. Pronounced tannins.
Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo.- Location and altitude: 40 km to the south of Mendoza, at 950 metres (3,117 ft) above sea level.
– Climate: 200 mm annual precipitation. Semi-arid and windy climate. Cold winters and hot summers. Large diurnal temperature variation between day and night.
– Soil: Deep, loamy silt.
– Style of wine: Notes of fresh fruit, such as plum. Medium structure and smooth tannins.
Manual harvest during March and April. Manual selection of grapes upon arrival at the winery. Pre-fermentation maceration for 7 days at 10ºC (50ºF). Fermentation lasted 7 days at 26ºC (79ºF) in concrete tanks using selected and native yeasts. Post-fermentation maceration lasted 20 days.
Malolactic fermentation occurred naturally in the concrete tanks. Ageing in French oak barrels (1/3 new, 1/3 second use, 1/3 third use) for 10 months, then 6 months in bottle before being released.
FOOD PAIRING & SERVICE
Serving temperature: 15º–16ºC (59º–61°F). Decanting is not necessary.
Cellaring: Store in a cool, dry place and away from sources of light.
Types of food preparation: Grilled, roasted, or in a casserole.
Types of food: Simple red meats, ripe cheeses.