40/40 "Otro Andar" 2018

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Producer: 40/40
Varietal: Malbec, Bonarda
Region: Ugarteche/Mendoza, Argentina

40/40 is a team effort in sustainability lead by Lucas Pfister, an Argentinean agronomist with European roots. Lucas studied viticulture and enology in Montpellier, Bordeaux and Lisbon. Then, he had the chance to work in different wine regions throughout the world. In 2013, he started 40/40 in Ugarteche/Mendoza (Lujan de Cuyo), on the family estate Finca La Sofia. With the support of Charlie and Martin, the owners of the estate, Lucas is spearheading minimal intervention vintages using organic and biodynamic production methods.

The finca is located 890 meters above sea level, in the Andean foothills. The area is exceedingly dry, with vast variations in temperature. Summers are blazingly hot and arid, while winters are harsh and wind-bitten.

While Malbec has long been the driving star of Argentinian wine in the public eye, Bonarda is exceptionally suited to the region. It ripens late, staggering the harvests, and offers lower alcohol levels, making ideal for both blending or for bringing to full ripeness without the chance of developing off-putting levels of alcohol in the finished wine. A natural companion to Malbec, Bonarda has soft, almost velvety tannins and round, plummy fruit, reminiscent of Merlot.

Bonarda was originally grown in Savoy, France, where it was known as Douce Noir. Today, it accounts for 8% of Argentina's wine production, with the remainder given over largely to Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.