Maipe
 Mendoza (Argentina)

The Estate
Maipe was the Lord of the Winds for the ancient Andean people.  Argentineans still invoke his name to clear the skies after a heavy rain or to temper the summer heat.  These wines, children of the Sun and the Winds, are produced from grapes grown at the foothills of the Andes Mountains at an altitude of 3,000 feet above sea level.  The intense color and aromas capture the expression of the soils that gave them birth.

Maipe is produced in a state-of-the-art winery, Chakana, built with the purpose of achieving outstanding quality.

Chakana winery was founded by Juan Pelizzatti on May 2nd, 2002. Juan was driven to enter the wine industry first and foremost by his passion for wine, and also by the desire to invest his time and money on a product of agriculture. Although Juan did not know it at the time, the company was founded on the same day the Chakana was celebrated on the Andes highlands: on that same day, the Southern Cross (the Chakana for the Inca people) becomes vertical in the night Andean sky.
Juan's mission is to create an integral experience to introduce world consumers to the taste and culture of the Andes. His vision is to become one of the top 20 exporters of wine from Argentina, by consistently offering outstanding value for money.


"Alberto Antonini (think Altos Las Hormigas) is a consultant at Maipe which in and of itself is an indicator that the winery is focused on quality." - Wine Advocate (Dec 08)


The Vineyard Beneath the Andes


Juan Pelizzatti

Wine is currently produced in four different levels at Chakana, by winemaker Gabriel Bloise:
          Entry Level: Maipe
          Reserve Level: Maipe Reserve, Cueva de las Manos, Nuna
          Estate Selection
          Ayni

 The winemaking process is focused on treating the grapes with great care and with strict control of every step of the production.
Wines are designed under the responsibility of the renowned international wine consultant Alberto Antonini.
The winery is located on a 150 ha. estate, 34 km South of the city of Mendoza, in Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo.
The grapes grown are 35 year-old Malbec, Bonarda and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Deep and textured soils facilitate plant development and confer great body and structure to the wines.
The year-long sunny and dry conditions allow almost organic viticulture practices. The outstanding feature includes a great daily thermal amplitude, with mild days and cold nights, permitting a particular richness of polifenols that improves the wines flavors and color.
A drip irrigation system has been set up to achieve a precise control of the vegetative cycle and a rational use of water. Waters are processed and used in the vineyards.


The Winery


The Winery


The Winery at Night


Stainless Steel Fermentation and Holding Tanks

The Vineyards
Chakana sources grapes from their own four estates:

  • Agrelo

  • Acreage: 150 ha, 120 ha with vineyards
    70 ha entry level
    40 ha reserve level
    10 ha estate & ayni
    Acreage by varietal at Agrelo Estate:
    Malbec: 50 ha
    Cabernet Sauvignon: 30 ha
    Syrah: 10 ha
    Bonarda: 10 ha
    Tannat: 2,5 ha
    Petit Verdot: 2.5 ha
    Cabernet Franc: 1.5 ha
    Aspirant Bouchet: 2.5 ha
    Ancellotta: 2 ha
    Sauvignon Blanc: 4 ha
    Viognier: 2.5 ha
    Chardonnay: 2.5 ha
    Wine Profile: Medium bodied, elegant, fresher fruit. Round tannin on gravels.
    Terroir: Very heterogeneous deep clay to sandy clay gravels; cool climate

  • Altamira I

  • Acreage: 15 ha, Malbec high density. Planted in 2010, not in production
    Wine Profile: Full bodied, impressive tannic structure and roundness, spicy and complex.
    Terroir: Sandy clay gravel, limestone; cooler climate

  • Altamira II

  • Acreage: 36 ha, 26 ha with vineyards
    20 ha malbec, estate and ayni level
    4 ha chardonnay, entry level and reserve
    2 ha pinot noir (used for sparkling wine)
    Wine Profile: Medium bodied, elegant, fresher fruit. Round tannin on gravels.
    Terroir: Very heterogeneous deep clay to sandy clay gravels; cool climate

  • Terrada

  • Acreage: 21 ha, all in vines
    100% malbec, old vines, high density
    Reserve Estate Selection
    Wine Profile: Complex, ripe fruit, medium bodied, elegant.
    Terroir: Sandy clay gravels, 70cm. soil depth, Some limestone; warmer climate.

    They also source wines from contract suppliers in Ugarteche and Medrano, for entry level wines, and in Vista Flores, for Estate Selection & Ayni levels.


    Views of the Vineyards


    Views of the Vineyards


    Views of the Vineyards


    Harvesting the Grapes

    The Wines

    [Maipe Sparkling Brut]

    MAIPE LEVEL: [Chardonnay] - [Sauvignon Blanc] - [Torrontes] - [Ros of Malbec] - [Cabernet Sauvignon] - [Bonarda] - [Malbec] - [Maipe Malbec Bag in Box 3 LITERS]

    MAIPE RESERVE LEVEL: [Cabernet Sauvignon] - [Malbec] - [Bonarda]


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    UPC code: 7 84585 01393 7
    NV Maipe, Sparkling Brut 6/750ml
    50% Chardonnay & 50% Pinot Noir

    Location of the vineyard: Pinot Noir, from Finca Altamira (Valle de Uco) and Chardonnay from Finca
    Ugarteche, (Lujn de Cuyo); Mendoza, Argentina.
    Variety 50% Pinot Noir 50% Chardonnay
    Age of the Vineyard: 10 years
    Irrigation method: drip irrigation
    Yield: 9800 kg. per ha.
    Type of Harvest Manual
    Skin Maceration: Pinot Noir has been pressed in whole clusters, for more delicate aromas and finer
    mouth. Chardonnay is pressed with no skin maceration.
    Fermentation with selected yeasts at 14C- 18C
    Sparkling Method: short Charmat with no lees contact, for freshness and fruitiness.
    Malolactic Fermentation No
    Alcohol 11,90%
    PH 3.20
    Total Acidity: 6.7 g/l
    Residual Sugar: 8 g/l

    Tasting Notes: pale yellow with golden hints. Very fine and persistent bubble. Citric nose with creamy
    tropical fruit. Very fresh and balanced in the mouth with great persistence and citric ending.
    Pairing suggestions: a versatile wine, good on its own or paired with any food.

    "This may be the first sparkling wine I have tasted from Argentina, a blend of equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Theres a history of sparkling wines in Argentina, ever since Moet and Chandon began producing them in 1960, but you rarely see them in the U.S. This wine is straightforward, elegant, and crisp, with notes of apple skin and citrus oil as well as hints of lemon zest and brioche. Drink it over the next year."
    - Wine Advocate (Issue 201, June 2012)


    National Retail price:
    $18.99 / bottle
    MAIPE LEVEL:
    WHITE: [Chardonnay] - [Sauvignon Blanc] - [Torrontes]
    ROSE: [Ros of Malbec]
    RED: [Cabernet Sauvignon] - [Bonarda] - [Malbec] - [Maipe Malbec Bag in Box 3 LITERS]


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    #AR1EE881154CHS
    UPC code: 7 84585 00972 5
    2013 Maipe, Chardonnay 12/750ml
    Made from 85% Chardonnay, 15% Viognier.
    Manual harvest.
    5 hour maceration on skins in temperature controlled steel vats; fermentation with selected yeasts at 14-16C; 30% malolactic fermentation.
    30% was aged in French oak barrels.

    Brilliant yellow golden color with green hints.
    The wine is crisp and filled with white peach, pear, green apples flavors, toasty vanilla.  Elegant and luscious wine, well balanced. Crisp and long finish.
    Pairs well with creamy soups, pork, veal, vegetables
    .

    #AR1EE881097CHS
    UPC code: 7 84585 00972 5
    2012 Maipe, Chardonnay 12/750ml
    Made from 85% Chardonnay, 15% Viognier.
    Manual harvest.
    5 hour maceration on skins in temperature controlled steel vats; fermentation with selected yeasts at 14-16C; 30% malolactic fermentation.
    30% was aged in French oak barrels.

    Brilliant yellow golden color with green hints.
    The wine is crisp and filled with white peach, pear, green apples flavors, toasty vanilla.  Elegant and luscious wine, well balanced. Crisp and long finish.
    Pairs well with creamy soups, pork, veal, vegetables
    .

    #AR1EE881076CHS
    UPC code: 7 84585 00972 5
    2011 Maipe, Chardonnay 12/750ml
    Made from 85% Chardonnay, 15% Viognier.
    Manual harvest.
    5 hour maceration on skins in temperature controlled steel vats; fermentation with selected yeasts at 14-16C; 30% malolactic fermentation.
    30% was aged in French oak barrels.

    Brilliant yellow golden color with green hints.
    The wine is crisp and filled with white peach, pear, green apples flavors, toasty vanilla.  Elegant and luscious wine, well balanced. Crisp and long finish.
    Pairs well with creamy soups, pork, veal, vegetables
    .

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    UPC code: 7 84585 00972 5
    2010 Maipe, Chardonnay 12/750ml
    "The 2010 Chardonnay (85% Chardonnay and 15% Viognier) reveals a perfumed nose of spring flowers, white peaches, and honeysuckle as well as intense fruit, medium body, and a subtle hint of oak. This fresh, lively white is meant to be enjoyed over the next year. It offers considerable value to the consumer."
    - Wine Advocate (Aug. 2010), 87 pts
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    National Retail price:
    $12.99 / bottle


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    2013 Maipe, Sauvignon Blanc 12/750ml
    #AR1EE881131155SBS
    UPC code: 7 84585 00980 0
    100% Sauvignon Blanc. Manual harvest.
    5 year old vines.
    6 hour maceration on skins in temperature controlled steel vats; fermentation with selected yeasts at 13-15C

    Yellow color with green hints.
    Expressive wine, fresh, very aromatic. 
    This Sauvignon Blanc displays grapefruit flavors, with hints of melon and honey. It finishes with bracing acidity and fresh mouth feels that make it a terrific aperitif and an excellent accompaniment to virtually all seafood, especially shellfish.

    "
    Filled with notes of honeyed grapefruit, honeydew melon, and figs, it is a light to medium-bodied, fresh, lively Sauvignon Blanc that has significantly more character than one would expect in a $13 wine. It, too, should be drunk over the next year."

    2012 Maipe, Sauvignon Blanc 12/750ml
    #AR1EE881131078SBS
    UPC code: 7 84585 00980 0
    100% Sauvignon Blanc. Manual harvest.
    5 year old vines.
    6 hour maceration on skins in temperature controlled steel vats; fermentation with selected yeasts at 13-15C

    Yellow color with green hints.
    Expressive wine, fresh, very aromatic. 
    This Sauvignon Blanc displays grapefruit flavors, with hints of melon and honey. It finishes with bracing acidity and fresh mouth feels that make it a terrific aperitif and an excellent accompaniment to virtually all seafood, especially shellfish.

    "
    Filled with notes of honeyed grapefruit, honeydew melon, and figs, it is a light to medium-bodied, fresh, lively Sauvignon Blanc that has significantly more character than one would expect in a $13 wine. It, too, should be drunk over the next year."

    2011 Maipe, Sauvignon Blanc 12/750ml
    #AR1EE881078SBS
    UPC code: 7 84585 00980 0
    100% Sauvignon Blanc. Manual harvest.
    5 year old vines.
    6 hour maceration on skins in temperature controlled steel vats; fermentation with selected yeasts at 13-15C

    Yellow color with green hints.
    Expressive wine, fresh, very aromatic. 
    This Sauvignon Blanc displays grapefruit flavors, with hints of melon and honey. It finishes with bracing acidity and fresh mouth feels that make it a terrific aperitif and an excellent accompaniment to virtually all seafood, especially shellfish.

    "
    Filled with notes of honeyed grapefruit, honeydew melon, and figs, it is a light to medium-bodied, fresh, lively Sauvignon Blanc that has significantly more character than one would expect in a $13 wine. It, too, should be drunk over the next year."

    2010 Maipe, Sauvignon Blanc 12/750ml
    #AR1EE881055SBS
    UPC code: 7 84585 00980 0
    100% Sauvignon Blanc. Manual harvest.
    5 year old vines.
    6 hour maceration on skins in temperature controlled steel vats; fermentation with selected yeasts at 13-15C
    Yellow color with green hints.
    Expressive wine, fresh, very aromatic. 

    "This Sauvignon Blanc displays grapefruit flavors, with hints of melon and honey. It finishes with bracing acidity and fresh mouth feels that make it a terrific aperitif and an excellent accompaniment to virtually all seafood, especially shellfish."
    - Wine Advocate (Aug. 2010), 87 pts
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    National Retail price: $12.99 / bottle


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    2012 Maipe, Torrontes 12/750ml
    #AR1EE881096TRS
    UPC code: 7 84585 00981 7
    100% Torrontes. Manual harvest.
    7 day maceration with selected yeasts at 8-10C; fermentation with selected yeasts at 12-14.
    Spring-like nose of fresh white peaches, pears, green apple, green melon and hints of jasmine and rose petals.
    On the palate, it has a beautiful structure and acidity along with fruit flavors and plenty of body.  Well balanced, this wine displays a pleasant freshness with citrus notes and a long finish.
    Best enjoyed in its youth either by itself, or as a wonderful partner with smoked meats,  mild to medium-strong cheeses, seafood and a great partner for spicy food as well.

    2011 Maipe, Torrontes 12/750ml
    #AR1EE881077TRS
    UPC code: 7 84585 00981 7
    100% Torrontes. Manual harvest.
    7 day maceration with selected yeasts at 8-10C; fermentation with selected yeasts at 12-14.
    Spring-like nose of fresh white peaches, pears, green apple, green melon and hints of jasmine and rose petals.
    On the palate, it has a beautiful structure and acidity along with fruit flavors and plenty of body.  Well balanced, this wine displays a pleasant freshness with citrus notes and a long finish.
    Best enjoyed in its youth either by itself, or as a wonderful partner with smoked meats,  mild to medium-strong cheeses, seafood and a great partner for spicy food as well.

    2010 Maipe, Torrontes 12/750ml
    #AR1EE881054TRS
    UPC code: 7 84585 00981 7
    100% Torrontes from the Salta region. Manual harvest.
    7 day maceration with selected yeasts at 8-10C; fermentation with selected yeasts at 12-14C

    Spring-like nose of fresh white peaches, pears, green apple, green melon and hints of jasmine and rose petals.
    On the palate, it has a beautiful structure and acidity along with fruit flavors and plenty of body.  Well balanced, this wine displays a pleasant freshness with citrus notes and a long finish.
    Best enjoyed in its youth either by itself, or as a wonderful partner with smoked meats,  mild to medium-strong cheeses, seafood and a great partner for spicy food as well.

    "The torrontes grape produces Argentina's finest white wine and some of the best values in dry white wine in the world. The charm about this wine is its in-your-face freshness and fruit. The flavors are intense, penetrating and surprisingly complex with hints of pear, peach, tropical fruit, minerals, white pepper and spices. This is an absolutely spot-on late spring and summer wine to serve well-chilled and outdoors. Buy a case and drink it all before Labor Day. (Actually, you might have trouble making supplies last until July 4.)
    - The Baltimore Sun (May 2010)


    National Retail price:
    $12.99 / bottle


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    2013 Maipe, Rose of Malbec 12/750ml
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    UPC code: 7 84585 00982 4
    Made from 100% Malbec. Manual harvest.
    35 year old vines.
    1 day maceration in temperature controlled steel vats; 10 day fermentation with selected yeasts at 14-16C; 
    30 days of batonage (stirring of the lees).

    Intense pink color with violet hints.
    Fresh red fruit bouquet, strawberry and cherry flavors, balanced acidity, dry and lingering finish.
    Excellent with tuna or green salad, pasta, spicy Asian dishes.


    2012 Maipe, Rose of Malbec 12/750ml
    #AR0EE881130MBS
    UPC code: 7 84585 00982 4
    Made from 100% Malbec. Manual harvest.
    35 year old vines.
    1 day maceration in temperature controlled steel vats; 10 day fermentation with selected yeasts at 14-16C; 
    30 days of batonage (stirring of the lees).

    Intense pink color with violet hints.
    Fresh red fruit bouquet, strawberry and cherry flavors, balanced acidity, dry and lingering finish.
    Excellent with tuna or green salad, pasta, spicy Asian dishes.


    2011 Maipe, Rose of Malbec 12/750ml
    #AR0EE881085MBS
    UPC code: 7 84585 00982 4
    Made from 100% Malbec. Manual harvest.
    35 year old vines.
    1 day maceration in temperature controlled steel vats; 10 day fermentation with selected yeasts at 14-16C; 
    30 days of batonage (stirring of the lees).

    Intense pink color with violet hints.
    Fresh red fruit bouquet, strawberry and cherry flavors, balanced acidity, dry and lingering finish.
    Excellent with tuna or green salad, pasta, spicy Asian dishes.


    2010 Maipe, Rose of Malbec 12/750ml
    #AR0EE881053MBS
    UPC code: 7 84585 00982 4
    Made from 100% Malbec. Manual harvest.
    35 year old vines.
    1 day maceration in temperature controlled steel vats; 10 day fermentation with selected yeasts at 14-16C; 
    30 days of batonage (stirring of the lees).

    Intense pink color with violet hints.
    Fresh red fruit bouquet, strawberry and cherry flavors, balanced acidity, dry and lingering finish.
    Excellent with tuna or green salad, pasta, spicy Asian dishes.


    2009 Maipe, Rose of Malbec
    "
    labelProduced in the Lujn de Cuyo subregion of Mendoza, this tasty ros of Malbec displays a medium dark rose color and light red cherry fruit on the nose. It has a clean and flavorful attack of ripe red berry fruit and is round on the palate with a long fruity finish."
    - I-winereview.com (April 2010),
    87+ pts

    National Retail price: $12.99 / bottle


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    #AR0EE881167CSL
    UPC code: 7 84585 00882 7
    2013 Maipe, Cabernet Sauvignon 12/750ml
    100% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35 years old vines. 
    14 day fermentation with selected yeasts at 26-28C; 
    5 days post fermentative maceration; 1 day delestage; malolactic fermentation.
    10% aged in American oak for 3 months.
    This Cabernet Sauvignon has an intense ruby red color with aromas and flavors of ripe blackcurrant, red pepper, mint, chocolate and vanilla hints. The fruit and tannins are perfectly balanced to give a wine of excellent structure making it ideal for grilled meats, game, pasta or pizza.

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    UPC code: 7 84585 00882 7
    2012 Maipe, Cabernet Sauvignon 12/750ml
    100% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35 years old vines. 
    14 day fermentation with selected yeasts at 26-28C; 
    5 days post fermentative maceration; 1 day delestage; malolactic fermentation.
    10% aged in American oak for 3 months.
    This Cabernet Sauvignon has an intense ruby red color with aromas and flavors of ripe blackcurrant, red pepper, mint, chocolate and vanilla hints. The fruit and tannins are perfectly balanced to give a wine of excellent structure making it ideal for grilled meats, game, pasta or pizza.

    #AR0EE881103CSL
    UPC code: 7 84585 00882 7
    2011 Maipe, Cabernet Sauvignon 12/750ml
    100% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35 years old vines. 
    14 day fermentation with selected yeasts at 26-28C; 
    5 days post fermentative maceration; 1 day delestage; malolactic fermentation.
    10% aged in American oak for 3 months.
    This Cabernet Sauvignon has an intense ruby red color with aromas and flavors of ripe blackcurrant, red pepper, mint, chocolate and vanilla hints. The fruit and tannins are perfectly balanced to give a wine of excellent structure making it ideal for grilled meats, game, pasta or pizza.

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    UPC code: 7 84585 00882 7
    2010 Maipe, Cabernet Sauvignon 12/750ml
    100% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35 years old vines. 
    14 day fermentation with selected yeasts at 26-28C; 
    5 days post fermentative maceration; 1 day delestage; malolactic fermentation.
    10% aged in American oak for 3 months.
    This Cabernet Sauvignon has an intense ruby red color with aromas and flavors of ripe blackcurrant, red pepper, mint, chocolate and vanilla hints. The fruit and tannins are perfectly balanced to give a wine of excellent structure making it ideal for grilled meats, game, pasta or pizza.

    "Direct and juicy, featuring a solid core of crushed currant and fig fruit backed by a hefty dose of roasted cocoa. Drink now. 5,000 cases made. JM"
    - Wine Spectator (August 31st 2011)

    "The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is a straightforward, uncomplicated wine that will provide a modicum of enjoyment over the next 2-3 years."
    - Wine Advocate -December 23rd 2011)


    #AR0EE881047CSL
    UPC code: 7 84585 00882 7
    2009 Maipe, Cabernet Sauvignon 12/750ml
    100% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35 years old vines. 
    14 day fermentation with selected yeasts at 26-28C; 
    5 days post fermentative maceration; 1 day delestage; malolactic fermentation.
    10% aged in American oak for 3 months.
    This Cabernet Sauvignon has an intense ruby red color with aromas and flavors of ripe blackcurrant, red pepper, mint, chocolate and vanilla hints. The fruit and tannins are perfectly balanced to give a wine of excellent structure making it ideal for grilled meats, game, pasta or pizza.


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    UPC code: 7 84585 00882 7
    2008 Maipe, Cabernet Sauvignon 12/750ml
    "The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from 35-year-old vines, is a saturated purple color. The nose offers up pure black currants and blackberry with some earth notes in the background. The wine is slightly austere on the palate but is likely to round out with another year or two in the bottle (not that anyone is likely to cellar this tasty effort). It is a lot of wine for the money."
    - Wine Advocate (Dec 08), 88 pts


    National Retail price:
    $12.99 / bottle



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    UPC code: 7 84585 00963 3
    2012 Maipe, Cabernet Sauvignon magnum 6/1.5L

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    UPC code: 7 84585 00963 3
    2011 Maipe, Cabernet Sauvignon magnum 6/1.5L


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    UPC code: 7 84585 00963 3
    2010 Maipe, Cabernet Sauvignon magnum 6/1.5L



    National Retail price: $17.99 / magnum


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    UPC code: 7 84585 01060 8
    2013 Maipe,  Bonarda 12/750ml
    100% Bonarda. 7,000 cases. 5,000 cases imported come from vines planted 30+ years ago at the winery.
    Deep red color with violet hints. Wild berries and violet aromas, round and velvety tannins and a long finish. Excellent value.

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    UPC code: 7 84585 01060 8
    2012 Maipe,  Bonarda 12/750ml
    100% Bonarda. 7,000 cases. 5,000 cases imported come from vines planted 30+ years ago at the winery.
    Deep red color with violet hints. Wild berries and violet aromas, round and velvety tannins and a long finish. Excellent value.


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    UPC code: 7 84585 01060 8
    2011 Maipe,  Bonarda 12/750ml
    100% Bonarda. 7,000 cases. 5,000 cases imported come from vines planted 30+ years ago at the winery.
    Deep red color with violet hints. Wild berries and violet aromas, round and velvety tannins and a long finish. Excellent value.


    AR0EE881063BOM
    UPC code: 7 84585 01060 8
    2010 Maipe,  Bonarda 12/750ml
    100% Bonarda. 7,000 cases. 5,000 cases imported come from vines planted 30+ years ago at the winery.
    Deep red color with violet hints. Wild berries and violet aromas, round and velvety tannins and a long finish. Excellent value.


    Gives a blast of toast, backed by more modest plum and black cherry fruit. Soft fruit mixes with firm toast on the finish. Drink now. 10,000 cases made. JM
    -
    Wine Spectator (Web Only 2010)

    "The 2010 Bonarda, sourced from 30-year-old vines, is a sweetly-fruited, forward effort that will drink well over the next 3-4 years."
    - Wine Advocate (December 23rd 2011)


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    UPC code: 7 84585 01060 8
    2009 Maipe,  Bonarda 12/750ml
    100% Bonarda. 7,000 cases. 5,000 cases imported come from vines planted 30+ years ago at the winery.
    Deep red color with violet hints. Wild berries and violet aromas, round and velvety tannins and a long finish. Excellent value.


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    UPC code: 7 84585 01060 8
    2008 Maipe,  Bonarda 12/750ml
    "The purple-colored 2008 Bonarda offers an enticing bouquet of smoke, mineral, and blueberry. Round and ripe on the palate, it has surprising depth and length for its humble price. Drink this succulent wine over the next three years."
    - Wine Advocate (Dec 08), 89 pts


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    #AR0EE881156MBM
    UPC code: 7 84585 00883 4
    2013 Maipe, Malbec 12/750ml
    100% Malbec. Manual harvested.
    35 years old vines. 
    4 day maceration on skins in temperature controlled steel vats; 10 day-fermentation with selected yeasts at 27C; 
    5 days post fermentative maceration; malolactic fermentation.
    10% aged in American oak for 3 months.

    This Malbec has a deep purple color with violet tints, complex plum, fig, strawberry, spices and floral aromas;  rounded and velvety tannins, excellent length with a distinguished character. Excellent when paired with game, roasted red meats, pasta or pizza.

    #AR0EE881114MBM
    UPC code: 7 84585 00883 4
    2012 Maipe, Malbec 12/750ml
    100% Malbec. Manual harvested.
    35 years old vines. 
    4 day maceration on skins in temperature controlled steel vats; 10 day-fermentation with selected yeasts at 27C; 
    5 days post fermentative maceration; malolactic fermentation.
    10% aged in American oak for 3 months.

    This Malbec has a deep purple color with violet tints, complex plum, fig, strawberry, spices and floral aromas;  rounded and velvety tannins, excellent length with a distinguished character. Excellent when paired with game, roasted red meats, pasta or pizza.

    #AR0EE881092MBM
    UPC code: 7 84585 00883 4
    2011 Maipe, Malbec 12/750ml
    100% Malbec. Manual harvested.
    35 years old vines. 
    4 day maceration on skins in temperature controlled steel vats; 10 day-fermentation with selected yeasts at 27C; 
    5 days post fermentative maceration; malolactic fermentation.
    10% aged in American oak for 3 months.

    This Malbec has a deep purple color with violet tints, complex plum, fig, strawberry, spices and floral aromas;  rounded and velvety tannins, excellent length with a distinguished character. Excellent when paired with game, roasted red meats, pasta or pizza.

    #AR0EE881057MBM
    UPC code: 7 84585 00883 4
    2010 Maipe, Malbec 12/750ml
    100% Malbec. Manual harvested.
    35 years old vines. 
    4 day maceration on skins in temperature controlled steel vats; 10 day-fermentation with selected yeasts at 27C; 
    5 days post fermentative maceration; malolactic fermentation.
    10% aged in American oak for 3 months.

    This Malbec has a deep purple color with violet tints, complex plum, fig, strawberry, spices and floral aromas;  rounded and velvety tannins, excellent length with a distinguished character. Excellent when paired with game, roasted red meats, pasta or pizza.

    Fresh and bright, with lots of cherry and plum fruit backed by a kiss of violet. Drink now. 40,000 cases made. JM
    - Wine Spectator (Feb 28th 2011)


    "The 2010 Malbec is a nicely concentrated, spicy wine with plenty of black cherry flavor. It will make for excellent drinking over the next 3-4 years"
    - Wine Advocate (December 23rd 2011), 87pts


    GOLD MEDAL - 2011 Dallas Morning News and TexSom Wine Competition


    #AR0EE881041MBM
    UPC code: 7 84585 00883 4
    2009 Maipe, Malbec 12/750ml
    100% Malbec. Manual harvested.
    35 years old vines. 
    4 day maceration on skins in temperature controlled steel vats; 10 day-fermentation with selected yeasts at 27C; 
    5 days post fermentative maceration; malolactic fermentation.
    10% aged in American oak for 3 months.

    This Malbec has a deep purple color with violet tints, complex plum, fig, strawberry, spices and floral aromas;  rounded and velvety tannins, excellent length with a distinguished character. Excellent when paired with game, roasted red meats, pasta or pizza.

    UPC code: 7 84585 00883 4
    2008 Maipe, Malbec 12/750ml
    "A hot wine in a hot category, which makes it easy to find around town. Consultant Alberto Antonini (Altos Las Hormigas) also helped propel this new runaway hit. Scents of smoky leaves, violet, currant and huckleberry, with a bright surge of fruit. A mineral edge to the tannins adds depth."
    "BEST OF THE BARGAINS"
    - San Francisco Chronicle, November 2009
    For bargain wines, this is a very good year


    "The 2008 Malbec is a glass-coating purple color with a striking perfume of violets, black cherry, and black raspberry. Exhibiting surprising complexity for its price category, the wine has gobs of fruit, savory flavors, and excellent depth and length. It is an outstanding value for drinking over the next 3-4 years."
    - Wine Advocate (Dec 08), 90 pts


    "Noted Italian winemaker Alberto Antonini acts as consultant for this estate in Mendoza, helping make velvety reds like this one. Its flavor suggests freshly crushed berries."
     - Food & Wine Magazine (Feb. 09)
    "Argentina's best reds for $10 to $20"

    "This wine totally smokes!" says Bieler. "It's purple in color and loaded with everything that we know and love about malbec: It's relatively rich with aromas of blackberry, tar and violets. Sure there are bigger, richer and more complex malbecs out there, but not at this price. Don't buy a bottle--buy a case."
    Join The Club--Drink Malbec
    - Forbes.com, Eric Arnold, 08.21.09
    Argentina's signature wine delivers big flavor for less money.


    National Retail price:
    $12.99 / bottle



    #AR0CC881157MBM
    UPC code: 7 84585 00964 0
    2013 Maipe, Malbec Magnum 6/1.5L

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    UPC code: 7 84585 00964 0
    2012 Maipe, Malbec Magnum 6/1.5L

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    UPC code: 7 84585 00964 0
    2011 Maipe, Malbec Magnum 6/1.5L

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    UPC code: 7 84585 00964 0
    2010 Maipe, Malbec Magnum 6/1.5L

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    #AR0AA881158MBM
    UPC code: 7 84585 01172 8
    2013 Maipe, Malbec BIB 4/3.0L
    100% Malbec. Manual harvested.
    35 years old vines. 
    4 day maceration on skins in temperature controlled steel vats; 10 day-fermentation with selected yeasts at 27C; 
    5 days post fermentative maceration; malolactic fermentation.
    10% aged in American oak for 3 months.

    #AR0AA881116MBM
    UPC code: 7 84585 01172 8
    2012 Maipe, Malbec BIB 4/3.0L
    100% Malbec. Manual harvested.
    35 years old vines. 
    4 day maceration on skins in temperature controlled steel vats; 10 day-fermentation with selected yeasts at 27C; 
    5 days post fermentative maceration; malolactic fermentation.
    10% aged in American oak for 3 months.

    #AR0AA881101MBM
    UPC code: 7 84585 01172 8
    2011 Maipe, Malbec BIB 4/3.0L
    100% Malbec. Manual harvested.
    35 years old vines. 
    4 day maceration on skins in temperature controlled steel vats; 10 day-fermentation with selected yeasts at 27C; 
    5 days post fermentative maceration; malolactic fermentation.
    10% aged in American oak for 3 months.


    #AR0AA881056MBM
    UPC code: 7 84585 01172 8
    2010 Maipe, Malbec BIB 4/3.0L
    100% Malbec. Manual harvested.
    35 years old vines. 
    4 day maceration on skins in temperature controlled steel vats; 10 day-fermentation with selected yeasts at 27C; 
    5 days post fermentative maceration; malolactic fermentation.
    10% aged in American oak for 3 months.

    "Dark ruby red, violets, plum, and black cherry aromas and flavors; sweetly-fruited, tasty effort," according to the Wine Advocate's Jay Miller, scoring it 87 points


    #AR0AA881043MBM
    UPC code: 7 84585 01172 8
    2009 Maipe, Malbec BIB 4/3.0L
    100% Malbec. Manual harvested.
    35 years old vines. 
    4 day maceration on skins in temperature controlled steel vats; 10 day-fermentation with selected yeasts at 27C; 
    5 days post fermentative maceration; malolactic fermentation.
    10% aged in American oak for 3 months.

    This Malbec has a deep purple color with violet tints, complex plum, fig, strawberry, spices and floral aromas;  rounded and velvety tannins, excellent length with a distinguished character. Excellent when paired with game, roasted red meats, pasta or pizza.

    "Juicy and fruit forward"
    - Washington Post (Aug. 2010), VERY GOOD

    "Dry and structured, with hints of clay, fig, and strawberry, this Argentinian Malbec is a little spicy. It has leathery tannins and some lavender and mint notestry it with lamb chops or dry-aged steak; it should cut through the richness perfectly."
    Recommended box red wine
    Wine for $9: The Best Boxed Reds
    Seriouseats.com, March 2010


    National Retail price: $29.95 / 3 liter box
    MAIPE RESERVE LEVEL:
     [Cabernet Sauvignon] - [Malbec] - [Bonarda]

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    #AR0EE881153CSL
    UPC code: 7 84585 01252 7
    2012 Maipe, Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve 12/750ml
    Made from 100% hand-selected Cabernet Sauvignon from the best parcels of the estate. The grapes are carefully chosen and fermented in small lots to preserve the vineyard identity.
    Alcoholic fermentation for 10 days with indigenous and selected yeasts, at temperatures of 26 and 30C, combining, remontage, pigage and delestage in order to obtain the best quality of tannins and structure.
    70% of the resulting wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels to fully reveal the character of the Andean terroir, and the remaining 30% is aged in concrete vats.
    A ripe, fleshy style, with blackberry and fig sauce notes laced with bittersweet Grenache. Powerful and layered, with classic Cabernet aromatics. Dark and ripe, with a nice loamy edge lurking on the finish.

    "Made from 100% hand-harvested Cabernet Sauvignon, two-thirds of the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve spent 12 months in French oak and one-third in concrete. It is a classic Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon from alluvial soils. Maipe owns significant acreage in two main vineyards, Agrelo and Alta Mira. Classic notes of creme de cassis, cedarwood and vanillin are accompanied by a wine with a beautiful, full-bodied texture, deep, rich, concentrated flavors and a long finish. For $15.00, it is impossible to find a Cabernet Sauvignon this good from anywhere else in the world.

    Maipe is one of my favorite value selections from Fran Kysela as the wines are exceptionally well-made, and sell for a song."
    - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #208, August 2013)
    , 92 pts


    #AR0EE881112CSL
    UPC code: 7 84585 01252 7
    2011 Maipe, Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve 12/750ml
    Made from 100% hand-selected Cabernet Sauvignon from the best parcels of the estate. The grapes are carefully chosen and fermented in small lots to preserve the vineyard identity.
    Alcoholic fermentation for 10 days with indigenous and selected yeasts, at temperatures of 26 and 30C, combining, remontage, pigage and delestage in order to obtain the best quality of tannins and structure.
    70% of the resulting wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels to fully reveal the character of the Andean terroir, and the remaining 30% is aged in concrete vats.
    A ripe, fleshy style, with blackberry and fig sauce notes laced with bittersweet Grenache. Powerful and layered, with classic Cabernet aromatics. Dark and ripe, with a nice loamy edge lurking on the finish.


    #AR0EE881089CSL
    UPC code: 7 84585 01252 7
    2010 Maipe, Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve 12/750ml
    Made from 100% hand-selected Cabernet Sauvignon from the best parcels of the estate. The grapes are carefully chosen and fermented in small lots to preserve the vineyard identity.
    Alcoholic fermentation for 10 days with indigenous and selected yeasts, at temperatures of 26 and 30C, combining, remontage, pigage and delestage in order to obtain the best quality of tannins and structure.
    70% of the resulting wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels to fully reveal the character of the Andean terroir, and the remaining 30% is aged in concrete vats.
    A ripe, fleshy style, with blackberry and fig sauce notes laced with bittersweet Grenache. Powerful and layered, with classic Cabernet aromatics. Dark and ripe, with a nice loamy edge lurking on the finish.

    "There's good depth and cut to this ripe red, which opens up with notes of cassis, graphite, smoke and spice, as grippy tannins frame the finish. Drink now. 4,500 cases made. NW"
    -
    Wine Spectator (July 31st 2012), 87 pts

    #AR0EE881043CSL
    UPC code: 7 84585 01252 7
    2009 Maipe, Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve 12/750ml
    Made from 100% hand-selected Cabernet Sauvignon from the best parcels of the estate. The grapes are carefully chosen and fermented in small lots to preserve the vineyard identity.
    Alcoholic fermentation for 10 days with indigenous and selected yeasts, at temperatures of 26 and 30C, combining, remontage, pigage and delestage in order to obtain the best quality of tannins and structure.
    70% of the resulting wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels (50% new oak barrel for this particular vintage + 50% of 1 and 2 years old barrels) to fully reveal the character of the Andean terroir, and the remaining 30% is aged in concrete vats.
    A ripe, fleshy style, with blackberry and fig sauce notes laced with bittersweet Grenache. Powerful and layered, with classic Cabernet aromatics. Dark and ripe, with a nice loamy edge lurking on the finish.

    "Full-bodied and dense with abundant notes of creme de cassis, chocolate, espresso roast, spice box, and tobacco leaf, it is a layered, succulent, hedonistic Cabernet to drink over the next 3-4 years."
    - Wine Advocate (Aug. 2010), 90 pts
    RECOMMENDED VALUE PICK



    National Retail price:
    $18.99/btl

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    #AR0EE881147MBL
    UPC code: 7 84585 01251 0
    2012 Maipe, Malbec, Reserve 12/750ml
    Made from 100% hand-selected Malbec from the best parcels of the estate. The grapes are carefully chosen and fermented in small lots to preserve the vineyard identity.
    Alcoholic fermentation for 12 days with indigenous and selected yeasts, at temperatures of 26 and 30C, combining, remontage, pigage and delestage in order to obtain the best quality of tannins and structure.
     The resulting wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels to fully reveal the character of the Andean terroir.
    The nose reveals dried plum and dark fruits, exotic spices, with hints of violet and chocolate. Round and fleshy, with enticing crushed plum and boysenberry fruit enlivened by a liquorice snap note. Fresh acidity lies buried on the medium-weight, juicy finish.

    "The same can be said for the 2012 Malbec Reserve, a 100% hand-harvested Malbec from the estates finest vineyard parcels. Aged 12 months in French oak, it possesses a softer style than the Cabernet Sauvignon with more minerality as well as lots of blackberry, white chocolate, incense and graphite characteristics. Deep ruby/purple-hued, rich and full-bodied, it is a full-throttle, stunning Malbec to drink over the next 4-5 years.

    Maipe is one of my favorite value selections from Fran Kysela as the wines are exceptionally well-made, and sell for a song."
    - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #208, August 2013)
    , 91 pts

    #AR0EE881111MBL
    UPC code: 7 84585 01251 0
    2011 Maipe, Malbec, Reserve 12/750ml
    Made from 100% hand-selected Malbec from the best parcels of the estate. The grapes are carefully chosen and fermented in small lots to preserve the vineyard identity.
    Alcoholic fermentation for 12 days with indigenous and selected yeasts, at temperatures of 26 and 30C, combining, remontage, pigage and delestage in order to obtain the best quality of tannins and structure.
     The resulting wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels to fully reveal the character of the Andean terroir.
    The nose reveals dried plum and dark fruits, exotic spices, with hints of violet and chocolate. Round and fleshy, with enticing crushed plum and boysenberry fruit enlivened by a liquorice snap note. Fresh acidity lies buried on the medium-weight, juicy finish.


    - Wine & Spirits Magazine (February 2013), 90 pts + YEAR'S BEST

    #AR0EE881088MBL
    UPC code: 7 84585 01251 0
    2010 Maipe, Malbec, Reserve 12/750ml
    Made from 100% hand-selected Malbec from the best parcels of the estate. The grapes are carefully chosen and fermented in small lots to preserve the vineyard identity.
    Alcoholic fermentation for 12 days with indigenous and selected yeasts, at temperatures of 26 and 30C, combining, remontage, pigage and delestage in order to obtain the best quality of tannins and structure.
     The resulting wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels to fully reveal the character of the Andean terroir.
    The nose reveals dried plum and dark fruits, exotic spices, with hints of violet and chocolate. Round and fleshy, with enticing crushed plum and boysenberry fruit enlivened by a liquorice snap note. Fresh acidity lies buried on the medium-weight, juicy finish

    "The 2010 Malbec Reserve spent 12 months in French oak. Cedar, Asian spices, incense, cherry cola, and assorted black fruits set the stage for a spicy, concentrated, layered Malbec that offers excellent value. Drink it over the next 5-6 years"
    - Wine Advocate (December 23rd 2011), 90 pts

    #AR0EE881050MBL
    UPC code: 7 84585 01251 0
    2009 Maipe, Malbec, Reserve 12/750ml
    Made from 100% hand-selected Malbec from the best parcels of the estate. The grapes are carefully chosen and fermented in small lots to preserve the vineyard identity.
    Alcoholic fermentation for 12 days with indigenous and selected yeasts, at temperatures of 26 and 30C, combining, remontage, pigage and delestage in order to obtain the best quality of tannins and structure.
     The resulting wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels to fully reveal the character of the Andean terroir.
    The nose reveals dried plum and dark fruits, exotic spices, with hints of violet and chocolate. Round and fleshy, with enticing crushed plum and boysenberry fruit enlivened by a liquorice snap note. Fresh acidity lies buried on the medium-weight, juicy finish

    "
    My three favorite Maipe red wines include the 2009 Malbec Reserve, the winerys top selection that is aged in wood for 12 months. A dense blue/purple color is followed by a big, sweet, floral (acacias), blueberry, blackberry, coffee, and white chocolate-scented bouquet. Remarkably rich and heady, with a full-bodied mouthfeel as well as silky tannins, it should be consumed over the next 2-3 years."
    - Wine Advocate (Aug. 2010), 90 pts
    RECOMMENDED VALUE PICK

    "Bright, full ruby. Blackberry, black cherry and licorice aromas are complicated by bitter chocolate, menthol, black pepper and nutty oak. Juicy and energetic in the mouth, with well-integrated acidity and a black peppery pungency giving the wine plenty of definition. Energetic wine with fine-grained tannins and good back-end focus and lift, with the black pepper element joined on the back by a note of licorice pastille."
    - Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Jan. 2011), 88 pts

    "
    Impresses with its harmonious acidity and impression of energy. Aromas and flavors of blackberry, black cherry, bitter chocolate and licorice are framed and lifted by a black peppery pungency, which gives this malbec very good back-end focus and lift."
    - Stephen Tanzer's Winophilia (Feb. 2011)
    Screaming values -- Argentine Malbec for a song



    National Retail price: $18.99/btl

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    #AR0EE881148BOM
    UPC code: 7 84585 01253 4
    2012 Maipe, Bonarda Old Vine, Reserve 12/750ml
    Made from 100% hand-selected Bonarda from the best parcels of the estate. The grapes are carefully chosen and fermented in small lots to preserve the vineyard identity.
    Alcoholic fermentation for 12 days with indigenous and selected yeasts, at temperatures of 26 and 30C, combining, remontage, pigage and delestage in order to obtain the best quality of tannins and structure.
    The resulting wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels to fully reveal the character of the Andean terroir.
    This purple-colored Bonarda offers a fruity, Beaujolais-like nose featuring plums and mulberries. A smooth,  complex wine with intense, savory fruit flavors, great length and elegance.
    Fruity, forward, and easy-going, this tasty effort will match well with bistro cuisine. Drink it over the next 3 years.

    "The 2012 Bonarda Old Vine Reserve is about as good an example of this varietal that one will find. Its saturated purple color is accompanied by an exceptional bouquet of mulberry jam, spring flowers and loads of berry fruit. Although it was aged 12 months in French oak, there is no hint of oak, only super fruit, medium to full body, and a terrific mouthfeel as well as aromatics. This crowd-pleaser should drink nicely for another 2-3 years.

    Maipe is one of my favorite value selections from Fran Kysela as the wines are exceptionally well-made, and sell for a song."
    - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #208, August 2013)
    , 91 pts


    #AR0EE881090BOM
    UPC code: 7 84585 01253 4
    2010 Maipe, Bonarda Old Vine, Reserve 12/750ml
    Made from 100% hand-selected Bonarda from the best parcels of the estate. The grapes are carefully chosen and fermented in small lots to preserve the vineyard identity.
    Alcoholic fermentation for 12 days with indigenous and selected yeasts, at temperatures of 26 and 30C, combining, remontage, pigage and delestage in order to obtain the best quality of tannins and structure.
    The resulting wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels to fully reveal the character of the Andean terroir.
    This purple-colored Bonarda offers a fruity, Beaujolais-like nose featuring plums and mulberries. A smooth,  complex wine with intense, savory fruit flavors, great length and elegance.
    Fruity, forward, and easy-going, this tasty effort will match well with bistro cuisine. Drink it over the next 3 years.

    "The 2010 Bonarda Old Vine Reserve raises the level of concentration and flavor interest. It also provides slightly more structure to the extent that it may evolve for 1-2 years. Drink this outstanding value over the next 4-5 years."
    - Wine Advocate (December 23rd 2011), 89pts

    "This has juicy briar and boysenberry fruit notes, with a fleshy, well-toasted finish. For fans of the style. Drink now. 5,000 cases made. JM"
    - Wine Spectator (August 31st 2011)

    #AR0EE881010BOM
    UPC code: 7 84585 01253 4
    2009 Maipe, Bonarda Old Vine, Reserve 12/750ml
    Made from 100% hand-selected Bonarda from the best parcels of the estate. The grapes are carefully chosen and fermented in small lots to preserve the vineyard identity.
    Alcoholic fermentation for 12 days with indigenous and selected yeasts, at temperatures of 26 and 30C, combining, remontage, pigage and delestage in order to obtain the best quality of tannins and structure.
    The resulting wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels to fully reveal the character of the Andean terroir.
    This purple-colored Bonarda offers a fruity, Beaujolais-like nose featuring plums and mulberries. A smooth,  complex wine with intense, savory fruit flavors, great length and elegance.
    Fruity, forward, and easy-going, this tasty effort will match well with bistro cuisine. Drink it over the next 3 years.

    "A true rarity, the 2009 Old Vine Bonarda is made from a grape one rarely sees (basically it is planted in Italy and Argentina). This dense purple-hued, somewhat monolithic offering reveals loads of briery fruit, and reminds me of a hypothetical blend of a Barbera and Zinfandel. Briery, crisp, and dense, it is not terribly complex, but is very satisfying on a primary level. Drink it over the next 1-2 years. "
    - Wine Advocate (Aug. 2010), 87 pts
    RECOMMENDED VALUE PICK


    "Ripe and forward, with fig sauce and crushed black currant fruit laced with espresso and anise, followed by a toasty finish. Drink now. 2,500 cases made. JM"
    - Wine Spectator (Web Only 2011)

    National Retail price: $18.99/btl