La Craie 2012

La Craie 2012 is a wine from Gualtallary, a district in the Department of Tupungato, Uco Valley and is a blend of Malbec and Cabernet Franc.

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La Craie 2012 is a wine from Gualtallary, a district in the Department of Tupungato, Uco Valley and is a blend of Malbec and Cabernet Franc.

This wine has purity and intensity. In the nose is austere (more chalkiness than fruit) but very attractive. In the palate has beautiful tension from the beginning, the “minerality” also plays an important role and the tannins are build up to give a seductive power and length.

“I belong to those who think that the terroir can be expressed in the decision of one specific day to harvest. This means that I prefer to harvest in one day that in different days or “tries”. I think that the different “tries” doesn´t reflects the terroir because in the search for complexity or balanced we doesn´t represent the wine of the place in that right moment which is when we decided to harvest. Searching a “better” wine we try to have different levels of ripeness and characteristics that the grape can give us but we end with a wine that doesn’t represents purely the relation that we have with the place, the soil, the vines and the climate of the year. The terroir is imperfect and the best we can do as vinegrowers is to honor it each year, knowing what is better to do with the diverse conditions, to get the best from it. Then, the wine with its personality will be in charge to talk about where it comes from” – says Edgardo when I asked him about the harvest methods.

Per Se is a project by Edgardo del Pópolo and David Bonomi. Edgardo del Pópolo has worked in Doña Paula and currently is Vineyard Manager at the famous Dominio del Plata. He has great experience in viticulture, terroirs, subregions of Mendoza; thousands of hectares were planted under his direction. David Bonomi is a young and talented winemaker that works at Doña Paula and also produces his own wines under the name Tierra Inti.

They produced and already bottled 2 wines in 2012 (La Craie and Jubileus), 3 in 2013 and 4 still yet to come under different labels in 2014. Attention: from these wines were made very limited quantities of each cuvée.

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Drinking a beer with Edgardo del Pópolo in sunny Madrid

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