Bodega Atamisque - Catalpa Pinot Noir - 2012
Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
Pinot Noir is a fickle grape. It generally has very thin skins, likes cool and dry climates and is pretty picky when it comes to soil. It also, when done right, makes some of the best wine in the world.
Mendoza is probably not the first place that comes to mind when it comes to pinot noir. However I think in the future it might. Due to the super high altitudes the grape skin has been measured up to 6 times thicker than at lower altitudes. This is due to the light intensity and acts as a natural sun protection but also helps the grapes fight off rot and other disease pressures. It also gives the wine a deeper colour which many pinot's lack. The andes mountains on which this vineyard sits also provides two other benefits. Every increase of 100m in altitude drops the temperature by 1 degree and it stops the rain from coming in. Cool and dry just like pinot likes.
The Catalpa Pinot Noir comes from a single vineyard located in the Uco Valley’s Tupungato area, one of the best wine-growing regions within Mendoza, Argentina. The vineyard is located at 4,430 feet high, enjoying a privileged sun exposure and cool temperatures that allow the grapes to have a perfect ripening. The grapes are hand picked and selected in a sorting table. Temperature controlled fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks. About 40% of the wine is aged in new French oak barrels for 12 months. The rest stays in stainless steel tanks and is blended again with the oak aged portion before bottling
Bright red ruby color. Aromas of blueberry and gooseberry jam, with mineral hints of wet stones. In the mouth, it is elegant and well-balanced, with smooth tannins and intense red fruit notes. Catalpa Pinot Noir has an aging potential of 8 years.