25 Mar 2014

The first North American making wine in Mendoza…it was worth the effort

The first North American making wine in Mendoza…it was worth the effort

Patrick Campbell has a varied and interesting background, with no formal training in wine production, which make him ideally suited to be a wine maker. Over the years Patrick has made a lot of waves in Californian wine country and later also in Mendoza.

The history of America's wine making influence in Argentina is surprisingly a fairly new venture. Even with Argentina's long history of wine production, it was not until the late 1990's when Patrick Campbell became the first American to produce Malbec in Argentina. Many more Americans have now followed, the flood gates have opened and wine lovers throughout the US have complete confidence with drinking Argentine Malbec. Unfortunately for most, their exposure has been limited to a price sensitive style that misses the mark completely in terms of what enthralled Patrick on his first trip to Mendoza, and that was the hundreds of hectares of old vine Malbec fruit that was there for the sourcing. The timing was such that it allowed Patrick to secure a number of premium old vine Malbec vineyards long before the land rush that came a decade later and pushed prices of these vineyards through the ceiling and consequently the pricing as well.

From these old vine vineyards, now over 80 years in age, comes the Tierra Divina 'Vale La Pena' Malbec, which is made in limited quantities and is a wonderful expression of old vine Uco Valley fruit. From these sustainably farmed old vines comes a wine that is deep and dark with noted concentration, yet seamlessly balanced, with layers of complexity, exactly what well made Malbec should be from old vine material. Considering what it offers, it really is exceptional and more importantly, when taken in light of its modest pricing, its a lovely drop that really over delivers. We are offering this Argentine old vine beauty, the 2010 Vale La Pena Malbec, for $22.99 a bottle and $20.49 when you purchase six bottles or more. To get a wine anywhere near this pedigree and quality from old vine fruit one would have to pay substantially more. Quantities are limited so as always first come first served.

Posted by Gregg 00:00:00

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