Thursday, December 5, 2013

Doña Paula Estate Wines

“Deliver the best that the Argentinean terroir can offer.”

Located in Ugarteche, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina, Doña Paula practices sustainable agriculture: no organic or synthesized fungicides and no pesticides. Sauvignon Blanc and the planting of Casavecchia, Ancellota, Riesling, Petit Verdot, Grenache, Touliba, and Aglianico, among other varieties show a willingness to take chances. These wines were part of a virtual tasting hosted by Snooth last month.

Tasting Notes:
Doña Paula Estate Chardonnay

2012 Estate Chardonnay

Golden straw color; tangerine, floral, and pear aromas; peach, lemon, and tropical fruit flavors; creamy mouthfeel into a luscious lemony finish; from vineyards in Finca Alluvia, Gualtallary at almost 4,430 ft in elevation; manual harvest, then grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks. 6 to 8 months of aging new French oak barriques; 14.1% ABV; twist-off closure; SRP $14.99.

Doña Paula Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

2011 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Dark red with ruby edges; blackberry, tar, and vanilla aromas; black cherry, sweet wood, and subtle green olive flavors; bright berries mid-palate into a soft tannic finish; from vineyards with clay soils in Finca El Alto (in Ugarteche) at almost 3,445 ft in elevation; manual harvest, gentle destemming, cold maceration before fermentation; post-fermentation maceration, then malolactic fermentation in barriques; 12 months of aging in first, second, and third-use French oak barriques; 9,000 cases made; 14.1% ABV; cork closure; SRP $14.99.
Disclaimer: These wines were provided for review purposes.

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  1. Great reviews! Doña Paula certainly lives up to their standard, “Deliver the best that the Argentinean terroir can offer.” I've never been disappointed by the quality this producer showcases, delivering high QPR year after year.


    1. They were very good Pamela; would love to try some of their more unusual plantings, maybe a trip to Argentina needs to be in my future. :)