02 Feb 2017

An exceptional Malbec from one of Argentina's most respected winemakers

An exceptional Malbec from one of Argentina's most respected winemakers

Anyone who has an inkling about Argentine wine is well aware of the Catena name, which helped bring Argentine wine, in particular Malbec, into the international spot light.

Catena is like the Argentine Robert Mondavi in that he spear headed the quality revolution in Mendoza. As a visiting Economics professor at UC Berkeley in the early 1980’s he visited Napa vineyards and the story of Mondavi winery inspired him. Nicolas Catena returned to Mendoza with the goal of producing world class wines in Mendoza. This began with finding the right terroirs within Mendoza and experimenting with higher altitudes.

Many people have heard parts of that story before, but what most people do not know is the name behind the scenes who was an integral part of Catena's success, Jose 'Pepe' Galante, who helped bring notoriety to the label acting as its chief winemaker from 1976 to 2010. When most people would think about retiring, Pepe went out on his own and started his own venture in 2011 with the Puramun label, sourcing fruit from one of Mendoza's premier wine producing areas, the Uco Valley.

Puramun is the indigenous word meaning “harvest” and this is Pepe Galante’s family brand which is really gaining momentum. Pepe has the connections from forty years of winemaking to find really good fruit sources. The Puramun Malbec is a blend of grapes from different vineyards all within the Uco Valley.

Now with its 3rd vintage available this small scale operation has started to really step up its game. The just released 2013 Puramun Reserva Malbec is a real beauty offering gorgeous fruit purity and structure; a wine that is a delight to drink. The Wine Advocate reviewed this awhile back and gave it a 93 point score and called this new venture, 'A new old name to watch!' This is definitely something to keep an eye on. We are offering this outstanding Argentine Malbec for $24.99 a bottle and $22.49 on a six bottle or more purchase, which makes it a great value in terms of its exceptional quality.

Posted by Oliver 00:00:00

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