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2014 ARGENTINA HARVEST-preliminary posting 10-6-2014

I have recently come back from South America and had the opportunity to participate at the tasting event of the 2014 Argentina Harvest. This event can be compared to the Beaujolais Harvest of Argentina, as noted by one of the presenters.  The event was held on September 27 and there were about 400 attendees. The process followed entails the presentation of 14 wines as recommended by a select committee; these wines are the most representative in terms of quality, variety and type.  The fourteen wines are assessed by a panel of fourteen experts; the wines included five whites and nine red and consisted of wines to be consumed within one year and had no wood, with oak, aging potential with oak, aging potential with no oak and late harvest.

There were 226 samples evaluated, 65% were reds, 23% whites, 5% Roses and 7% sparkling.

The white wines had an average of 86.6 points and overall visually they had attractive colors, on the nose there was high intensity of notes of fruits, flowers and spices.  On the palate they were fruity with a good balance of sugar-acidity with a clear varietal character.  The white wines with oak had a good fruit-oak balance and the use of delicate oak did not overwhelm the varietal character and notes of fruits.

The Roses had an average of 84.4 with very light and attractive rose colors.  On the nose  with fruit concentration and fresh on the palate. This was a notable change in the direction of a more classic style of wine.

The sparkling wines averaged 86.3.  The wines presented soft colors, fruity notes on the nose and sweet on the palate.  The alcohol percentage was lower, full of youth and ideal to drink at any time of day or night.  The commercial tendency of these wines was to appeal to the young wine drinker.

The red achieved an average of 86.5.  Visually these wines had intense and bright red-violet colors with the aromas typical of the varieties.  On the palate they showed a good structure, with soft and rounded tannins ideal for wines to be consumed within a year.  The red wines with aging potential had an excellent color intensity with aromas typical of each of the varietals.  On the palate they had a fair amount of mature tannins, sweet and with a sufficient structure ideal for aging.

The most notable varietals were Bonarda, Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot; these varietals showed a great of quality for aging, in both categories: no oak and oak.

The tastings were led by well known and distinguished enologists, university-level faculty and winery owners and overseers.

Specific to Mendoza, the production was characterized by a lower than the previous season’s crop.  It was a typical winter with good presence of cold weather, needed  for good crop development.  At the end of the winter season and in early spring the remarkable frequency of frost for the month of September caused problems in the budding and consequent formation of vine clusters.

The occurrence of warm winds, known as Zonda, during the flowering stage resulted in produced the subsequent shift in some varieties of grapes, I believe this is also known and Millerandage.

The summer was particularly hot in contrast to historical readings, particularly from December to January, registering heat-wave situations above 95° F for four-plus days, added to the low precipitation and low humidity, and in cases like in the southern part of Mendoza, with its natural limited water availability, placed some vineyards under water stress and temporary slowdown in growth.


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