El Porvenir de Cafayate Amauta Corte Inspiracion

E brought this bottle of Amauta Corte Inspiracion by Bodega El Porvenir de Cafayate back from a trip to Argentina. She them promptly left on another trip to somewhere (who remembers-75% of her time is spent traveling) so one night M and I broke it out and drank it without her.

Oh she was so angry when we couldn’t stop talking about how this was probably the best wine we’d had all year.

Located in Valle de Cafayate-Salta, in northern Argentina, El Porvenir de Cafayate is a family-run vineyard focused on keeping the land and culture of Cafayate intact. They have a lot to protect in Cafayate. It’s a valley with a desert climate, poor soil, and a micro climate with day-night temperature variations. Together that allows grapes to reach peak ripeness. And at El Porvenir de Cafayate they do so organically.

The Amauta Corte Inspiracion is 60% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Syrah all grown at 5,577 feet above sea level on 15 year old vines. After fermentation the wine is aged for six to eight months in French and American oak barrels. It can be aged up to eight years-if you have that kind of patience.

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Amauta Corte Inspiracion Tasting Notes:

At 14.6% abv this is a big wine. Dense, opaque ruby with purple highlights in the glass, the nose is oh so swoon-worthy. I got a lot of dense, black fruits like black raspberry and blueberry with tobacco, cocoa, baking spices, and some really nice vanilla. Like really rich vanilla, not that awful fake smell that seems to dominate so many perfumes.

The palate…shoot. It’s like they made wines out of Gregory Peck and Humphry Bogart then blended them together. The acid was a little high for me but I suspect some more bottle time would take care of that. The tannins though are lovely, round, and silky carrying into a long finish. The flavor is very fruit-forward, slightly cooked fruit/jam-like with sweet tobacco and chocolate.

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