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El Esteco Fincas Notables Las Mercedes Tannat Cuartel No. 28text
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El Esteco Fincas Notables Las Mercedes Tannat Cuartel No. 28 2015

Calchaqui Valley, Salta, North, ArgentinaThe Fincas Notables line comes from top plots around the Calchaqui Valley estates. This tannat comes off plot 28 of Finca Las Mercedes, in Cafayate, at 1700m on sandy alluvial soils. The high altitude and intense UV create tiny berries with thick skins. This was partial native fermented in new French oak barrels, where the wine remained for 15 months prior to light filtering and bottling. You can tell it's massive wine by the heft of the bottle. Dark earth, black chocolate, roasted coffee, roasted root vegetables and forest smoke draw through the slow, bitter edged palate. Tannins are ample, chalky, and blocky, and the finish is bitter cassis. Already 6 years on (thankfully!) this is best taken with roast beef or hearty root veg ragu.Tasted: 01 March 2021Tasted by: Prices: BC 31.99 select private retailers Producer: Bodega El EstecoDistributors: Dandurand
Grape: TannatCSPC: 161120UPC: 7790189041279