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Grape Varieties100% Pinot Noir
AppellationValle de Uco
- 87 Points
BackgroundSituated on a high plateau in the Uco Valley of Argentina's Mendoza region, the Portillo (meaning "path" or "gateway") winery and vineyards are dedicated to making superb quality wines for everyday enjoyment. Harmony with nature is readily apparent in every aspect of this property, which is designed to deliver wines that capture and respect the pristine beauty of their birthplace. Portillo's state-of-the-art winery is largely built of local materials, including stones quarried from a nearby valley. This enables the facility to better blend in with the surrounding environment. Built on three levels, each 16 feet deep, with much of the facility concealed below ground, Portillo is also notable for its employment of a gravity-flow system. This minimizes handling of grapes and helps protect the integrity of the fruit. The facility's ingenious design, which takes careful advantage of the gentle slopes on which it is built, is thought to be unique in South America.
VinificationThe grapes are hand-harvested to preserve the optimum freshness of the fruit. After destemming, the grapes are transferred to stainless steel tanks, where cold maceration takes place at a temperature of 45 -50°F. Fermentation lasts for 7 to 10 days.
NoseA refined nose of fresh, ripe cherries, strawberries and blackberries
PalateRed cherry and strawberry shine through on this youthful palate with soft tannins and a round finish of nutmeg and cloves
AnalysisAlcohol: 13.5 %pH: 3.8RS: 1.8 g/lTA: 5.2 g/l
Serving SuggestionsEnjoy with pizza and pastas, roasted turkey, stuffed chicken, seared tuna steaks and grilled salmon.