Alandes Paradoux Red Blend N/V (blend of 3 vintages)
Region: Uco Valley

95-Descorchados; 92-Robert Parker; 95-James Suckling
Tasting Notes

Silky and concentrated flow of black and red currants, blackberry and black cherries intermixed with mineral notes of pencil, wet stones and dark chocolate. The beautiful, spicy finish includes hints of cardamom and black pepper.

A blend of the classic Bordeaux grape varieties, Paradoux Red is make up of 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Malbec and 20% Petit Verdot.

With its near-dessert conditions, extreme elevation and wide diurnal shift, grape vines have proven to thrive in various regions of Argentina. With plantings dating back to the 1920s, the fruit from Uco Valley was originally used to add colour and acidity to the wines of warmer areas until winemakers in the 1990s saw larger potential for the region. Today, Uco Valley is producing some of the most influential wines of Argentina. The valley, which runs north to south, is 70 KM long and 40 KM at its widest in the south. It is capped by desert conditions, with cold winds blowing in from Patagonia. At its north end, hills reach 1400 metres+. To the east, the region runs into a series of gorges and dry riverbeds.

In terms of soil types, Uco Valley is more varied than many other Argentine wine regions. In the South, you will find sand and sandy loam while the northern portion of the valley is made up of more alluvial with outcrops of limestone. Campo de Los Andes, Alto Vista Flores and Los Arboles—the three vineyards from where this Malbec is sourced—range between 900-1200 metres above sea level with an average annual temperature of 14°C. WInemaker Karin Mussi practices sustainable farming with minimal intervention in the cellar.

Manual harvesting, sorting and crushing prior to fermentation. This blend is a combination of three vintages. Each variety is fermented individually in concrete vats using only native yeasts, then aged 18 month in small French barriques before being blended into the final product.

Wine Type: Red

Variety: Blend – 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Malbec, 20% Merlot, 20% Petit Verdot

Classification: GI

Orientation: Eastern facing along the foothills of the Andes, 80 km southwest of Mendoza

Appellation: Uco Valley

Gradient: 1100/MASL

Soil: Alluvial (silt, clay, sand, gravel)

Farming Practices: Karim Mussi practices sustainable growing practices with minimal human intervention. Manual harvesting, sorting and crushing prior to fermentation.

Residual Sugar: 1.62 g/L

Alcohol: 14.8

Malolactic: N/A

Botte Size: 750 ml

Acidity: N/A

Other Practices: Sustainable, Vegan