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If I’m doing my job correctly our stores should be bringing you wines that outperform the price points they sell for. This week we offer you exhibit “A”. We have been working with Piattelli Vineyards from Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina for many years now. They produce high quality wines from the Mendoza region, and, for added incentive, the winery is owned by Twin Cities residents Jon and Arlene Malinski. We’ve talked about the Malinski’s purchase of the winery in 2002 following a vacation visit in earlier missive but the purpose of this message is to make you aware of their new project made from fruit grown in their Cafayate Valley vineyards near the northern Argentina city of Salta.
Some facts about Cafayate Valley from the folks at Piattelli:
“Cafayate sits at 5600ft (1700m) above sea level, and is arguably the best-known wine region other than Mendoza in Argentina. Cafayate is one of the highest regions in the world that is suitable for viticulture. This high altitude is what defines the terroir of the region and makes it suitable for growing grapes despite its close proximity to the equator. Due to the high altitude, Cafayate receives intense sunlight which causes the skins of the grapes to thicken significantly as a protection against the sun. Though the days are bright and warm, true to a desert climate the nights can be very cold which causes the growing season to be extended and ultimately leads to a balanced structure in the end.”
“The soils in Cafayate consist mostly of free-draining chalky loam and in some areas can be quite rocky. The dry soils cause stress in the vines which causes them to produce less vegetation and not as many grapes. One would think this is a bad thing, but in fact, it proves to be very good and that less, truly is more. As there are fewer grapes, all the work the vines do to get these few grapes the nutrients means the concentration of flavors within the grapes rises. As Cafayate is a desert-climate, and has very low rainfall and humidity, the vines rely on the meltwater from the Andes to keep hydrated during the particularly dry periods.”
The resulting wines from Piattelli’s Cafayate vineyards are incredible. Concentrated, yet wonderfully balanced. The flavors are delicious across the varietal spectrum which includes the Torrontes, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, which we currently offer. I challenge you to find better and more impactful wines than these for the prices charged. Come in and try them this Saturday from 1PM to 4PM and I’m pretty sure they’re going home with you. Cheers!

 


 

Piattelli High Altitude Malbec Cafayate Valley – Salta Reserve 2014
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Purple in color with aromatic notes of ripe plum and violet, Reserve Malbec’s fruity bouquet delights the senses. The mouth is marked by structure and softness. Full-bodied and bright, this is a very food-friendly wine. Aged for 8 months in French and American Oak barrels and then bottle-aged an additional 6 months.
Regular Price $14.99
Sale Price $11.99 750ml
Prices good thru March 16th, 2016

 


 

Piattelli High Altitude Cabernet Sauvignon Cafayate Valley – Salta Reserve 2014
PIATELLI-R-CS Deep purple in color with bright aromas of red fruits and spices. A full-bodied and mouth-filling red with smooth tannins, leading to a long and elegant finish. Aged for 10 months in French and American Oak barrels and bottled-aged an additional 6 months.
Regular Price $14.99
Sale Price $11.99 750ml
Prices good thru March 16th, 2016

 


 

Piattelli Premium Reserve Torrontes Cafayate Valley 2014
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A refreshing, fragrant wine, the color of yellow topaz. This Torrontés bursts with tropical aromas of pineapple, peach and orange blossom. Aromatic notes resonate in the mouth with fresh apricot and lychee and a hint of orange zest. Acidity is well-balanced in the mouth with a citrusy medium finish.
Regular Price $14.99
Sale Price $11.99 750ml
Prices good thru March 16th, 2016
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