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Salentein, Bodegas
Reserve Merlot
Deep ruby red with intense aromas of ripe, sweet quince and notes of tobacco and vanilla. Ample mouthfeel with great structure, ripe tannins and a long and pleasant finish.
Grape Varieties100% Merlot
AppellationValle de Uco
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BackgroundIn the remote upper reaches of Argentina's Uco Valley on the eastern slopes of the Andes, Bodegas Salentein produces a remarkable collection of wines from vineyards planted at some of the highest elevations on the planet. From this lofty outpost, 65 miles south of the bustling city of Mendoza, Argentina's winemaking capital, Bodegas Salentein (Sah-len-tyne) has forged an international reputation for its fine wines. Each year, growing numbers of curious wine lovers are drawn to this spectacular location, intent on discovering and experiencing the beauty and ethos of Bodegas Salentein for themselves. Bodegas Salentein is a wine destination like no other. Established in the late 1990s, Salentein is a privately-owned estate of almost 5,000 acres, of which 1,124 acres are planted to vine. The property includes a world-class winery and cellars, a 125-acre nature preserve, the showpiece Killka Center for Culture and the Arts, a nearby lodge (the Posada Salentein, offering an elegant and relaxed retreat into nature), and the landmark Chapel of Gratitude, a non-denominational chapel of ascetic loveliness, built using ancient local stonework techniques.
Vinification100% of the grapes are hand-harvested and selected before undergoing a gentle de-stemming.
NoseA lovely nose of blackcurrant with slight cinnamon
PalateJuicy and intense flavors of blackberries and marmalade which is highlighted by delicate, rounded tannins and a finish of vanilla and cloves
AnalysisAlcohol: 14.5 %pH: 3.76RS: 2.58 g/LTA: 5.6 g/L
Serving SuggestionsAn ideal match for cheeses, poultry dishes, grilled red meats, salmon and chocolate desserts