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The charm of elegance

I present to you a very sophisticated grape variety that gives rise to a romantic Pinot Noir.


Today we speak of the Uco Valley as one of the highlights in the production of grapes for the production of quality wines. This is due to several factors that combine history, climate and terroir.

The Valley owes its name to Uco, an Indian chieftain from the Huarpes tribe, who inhabited the area for centuries until the arrival of the Incas from Peru. Then came the Jesuits who founded it in 1658 with the same name. And it was these who promoted the development of the drink they used to celebrate the Eucharist.

For centuries, the grape chosen for the elaboration of the wine of this celebration was the Pinot Noir, which made this drink gain prestige in the Christian societies.

Its cultivation is very difficult due to the slow growth and the weather conditions it needs, which are characterized by extremely low temperatures.

Originally from French Burgundy, it is considered to produce some of the most elegant wines in the world, but it is a difficult variety to grow and vinify. Grapes tend to produce tight bunches, which makes them susceptible to risks including rot, and requires almost daily maintenance. Its fine skin and low levels of phenolic compounds make pinot noir produce wines with a light colour, medium body and few tannins.

In Argentina it is in full development, although the supply is scarce. With 1900 hectares cultivated, the ¾ parts are in Mendoza, especially in the Uco Valley.

The Atamisque Winery is located in the mythical valley, in Tupungat. In its Premium line, called Catalpa, stands out the Pinot Noir made with grapes from a unique and own vineyard, located at 1300 meters above sea level.

Here they enhance the volume of their tannins leaving it aged 12 months in French oak barrels 50% and in stainless steel tanks the rest. Its roundness is completed with a stowage in bottle 12 months prior to its sale.

In sight, it is light red with shades ranging from tile to violet. Aromatically it offers fresh fruits such as cherries and strawberries. It displays earthy, mineral and fungal notes. However, it is in the mouth that a good Pinot Noir is recognized: it is smooth, delicate and soft in its gait, it stands out for the intensity of the flavor and its lightness of passage, as if it were a white with taste and red color.

This Pinot Noir combines well with a wide range of foods, both light, sauces and even spicy foods.

Considered the most sophisticated grape variety, Pinot Noir has been described as “the most romantic wine, as voluptuous as a perfume, so sweet and sharp, and so impactful and powerful that, like love, makes hot blood and soul wax poetically flow”.

Publication Date: 24/10/2019

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