ARGENTINA VINTAGE GUIDE

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  • 2016 - A cool, wet vintage with significant occurrences of rain and hail, yields were severely affected by rot and mildew in Mendoza and its sub-zones. Still, diligent growers managed the challenges and the resulting wines are some of the freshest wines the region has ever produced. Gualtallary seems to have faired the best. Further south in Patagonia, spring and summer were warm and relatively dry with cool weather showing up at harvest time. Producers there are very happy with the wines overall.

  • 2015 - Throughout Mendoza, early bud break and a warmer than average season were capped off by a harvest that saw no real relief from the heat and the added strain of high humidity and rains. Successful growers were able to manage rot and mildew through vigorous culling of fruit. Early ripening varietals are the real successes in this most difficult of vintages. 

 

  • 2014 - The first in a string of three consecutive wetter than average growing seasons, 2014 in Mendoza also saw the coolest harvest since 2001, making rot and mildew a problem for vineyards at lower elevations. Higher elevation sites were largely spared the disease pressure, but still struggled to ripen in the exceedingly cool temps. Yields were further affected by a severe spring frost. The best Malbec producers with premier high-altitude sites will still have turned out remarkably fresh and vibrant wines, but late-ripening varietals (especially Cabernet Sauvignon) were almost universally affected by the weather.

 

  • 2013 - 2013 was the type of vintage that can redefine a wine region's style in the best of ways. A cool yet very dry growing season, it provided the chance for Mendoza producers to maximize hang-time and achieve ideal ripeness without sacrificing balance. The resulting wines are some of the most elegantly structured, vibrant, and stylishly delineated wines in recent memory for Argentina. Moderate alcohol, stunning aromatics, and sound acidity should make 2013 a sure fire success for both collectors and everyday wine drinkers.

 

  • 2012 - Growers in Mendoza came under immediate pressure in 2012 as a late spring frost and the hot Zonda winds decimated yields at flowering. Only the late-blossoming Cabernet vines were spared. The season continued with hot temperatures, foreshadowing an early harvest, but March brought clouds and cool temps through the end of the season. Extended hang-time meant sound ripeness, but dramatically lower yields resulted in powerfully concentrated reds, especially the later-ripening Bordeaux varietals.  Unusually high summer rainfall plagued both Salta in the north and Patagonia in the far south.

 

 

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