“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.
Disclaimer: These wines were provided for review purposes.
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.
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.
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