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Ever since this grape arrived from Piedmont it has been primarily used as a blending grape. Seeing the potential to make serious wine, Paolo took this wine on as his pet project. With this stellar wine you can see why.
At their small winery in rural Luján, Héctor and Pablo Durigutti craft three small-production Malbecs and two of the country's best examples of Bonarda. Héctor is considered one of Argentina's top authorities with regards to both the Malbec and Bonarda grapes. He first became known for his work alongside Alberto Antonini as one of the co-founders of Altos Las Hormigas -the forward- thinking project that placed Argentine Malbec on the international map in the late nineties. With extensive experience in Europe (including a stint at Antinori), Héctor has developed a unique winemaking style that blends tradition with innovation. Héctor's young brother Pablo has quickly built a reputation for himself as well, with a star-studded resume including top names such as Rutini, Catena, and Cinco Tierras. Today both brothers are some of the country's most sought-after consulting enologists. This boutique project is their pride and joy.
The Agrelo and Lujan de Cuyo subregions sit just to the southwest of the city of Mendoza, in the foothills of the massive Andes Mountain range to the west. The soils are quite poor, which causes the roots of the vines to seek deep sources of nourishment, and subsequently improve the fruit. Agrelo, in particular, also benefits from a very cool climate, which slows/evens the ripening process and makes for excellent Chardonnay fruit.