Awarded 87 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2018 edition expert review of Argentina's Calchaqui Valley (see blue link below).
Piattelli Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 - Oct 2018 Decanter review
The Piattelli Vineyards lie in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, where the century old vines are irrigated by the pure waters melting from the snow crested peaks; a significant aspect in making their wines exquisite. At Piattelli Vineyards great pride is taken in crafting wines with a sense of place, as each region has distinct terroirs and microclimates. Mendoza and Cafayate are two of the best grape growing regions in Argentina and they wanted to showcase both. Led by head winemaker Valeria Antolin, the wines are produced through her passionate pursuit of perfection. Their gravity fed winery in Cafayate honours their commitment to sustainable practices. Piattelli Vineyards practises sustainable farming and their Mendoza vineyards are USDA certified organic. The grapes are cultivated with arid clean air, crystal clear water and nutrient rich soil and their award winning wines are produced with wisdom, precision and love.
The idyllic characteristics of this environment bring these wines to perfection much earlier than wines made from grapes grown in regions with shorter seasons. The vineyards are located in the high Andes surrounding Salta, at an elevation of 3,937 feet. Cultivated with arid clean air, crystal clear water, and nutrient rich soil, the grapes are produced from 12 year old vines. The vines are managed so they yield just 5.5 pounds of fruit per vine and 4.45 tonnes per acre.
The grapes were hand picked and manually sorted. Grapes underwent three days of cold maceration before fermentation in small, 25,000-litre stainless steel tanks. The wine was aged for eight months in small, second-use French-oak barrels. Bottle ageing for an additional six months.
A bold, distinguished wine with a deep red hue. It has an enticing bouquet of blackberry and black pepper, which unfolds across the palate, lingering with a moderate tannin pull and a hint of spice on the finish. Pairs beautifully with red meats in rich, full flavoured sauces or a hearty mushroom based stew.