February 2014 Wine of the Month Club Newsletter - page 6

C L A S S I C
CLASSIC SERIES
FEBRUARY 2014
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ITEM #: C0214W2IA
Retail Price:
$14.99/each
Member Price: $10.98/each
Reorder Price:
$6.99/each
53% Discount
Chardonnay
(Shar doe NAY)
2012
Don Silvestre
Mendoza, Argentina
Color:
Very pale
Nose:
Fresh apple
Palate:
Slight with a hint
of spice
Finish:
Apple and vanilla
Alcohol:
13.5%
Drink now
through 2015
WOMC RATING
95 Points
to question and, of course,
taste. The few people who
have actually tasted
European wines from the
1800s that were grown on
their own rootstock have yet
to reach a consensus.
The vineyard is 4,000 feet
above sea level, at the
foothills of the Andes, in
one of the best wine regions
in Mendoza, Argentina. The
grapes are born with a
perfect environment for
s l o w ,
e v e n
ripeness because
of the warm days
and cool nights of
the region. Grapes
of this quality
could not survive
this close to the
Equator if it wasn’t
for the elevation.
It is also very dry
with little, if any,
ra i nfa l l . T h i s
works well as the
constant melting of ice off
the Andes provides a
continuous source of water
for the vinew.
Malbec may be the king in
Mendoza, but Chardonnay
may well be the queen.
Examples like this one are
stunning to behold. The
rolling hills, created by
siesmic occurances, are
what give the soil thousands
of natural nutrients that
grapes thrive on. Our
selection is a stunning
example of beautiful
Chardonnay fruit with
balance and power to match
crab stuffed enchilladas or
chicken marsala.
he stony and sandy
ground of Tunuyán,
Mendoza allows for
excellent drainage of under-
ground water coming from
ice melting off the Andes
Mountains. This condition is
perfect for growing perfect
grapes.
Don Silvestre planted 122
hectares in the “Alto Valle de
Uco” (High Valley of Uco)
in 1962. The wine making
tradition and spirit of Don
Silvestre are still
alive with the
third generation of
“ Bodega s
y
Viñedos Hinojosa.”
The family shares
the same goal
of p rodu c i ng
excellent wines
inspired by the
most pure and
noble elements of
nature.
One of the unique things
about grapes grown here is
that the vines are on their
own rootstock. One of the
last areas in the world where
this is so. Over 150 years
ago, a plant louse called
phyloxera devastated the
vineyards of Europe. The
only cure was to replant
grapes using American
hybrid rootstocks which are
resistant to phyloxera.
Because none of this
happened in Argentina, they
continue to grow their
grapes on their own root-
stock. There has been some
thought that the grapes are
better when grown on their
own stock, but that is open
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