Sunday, 3 February 2013

Mimi in Argentina: day 5

The last trip was to Riccitelli – at the original judging back in September in London the judges had all been intrigued by the “Apple does not fall far from the tree” label. This, it turns out, was relevant to the fact that the winemaker Matias is the son of the Norton Winemaker. As was noted at the time he is very PRable – the eyes, oh the eyes! (Lovely fiancé there too).

The whole range were great, almost correctly priced, but good differential between the three price brands. The top level wines were top notch and will retail at £25, we won’t sell pallets, but they are well worth the punt on the odd bottle.

Lunch was a fantastic tapas selection, fresh and light, perfect for the beautifully hot day overlooking another stunning Andean Vista.

On my own I then had a visit to Luigi Bosca, whose wines are in the UK already, but they were well worth the visit to see the set up and look at the styles of wines that they make with a view to possible exclusive blends. They opened specifically, or rather closed the tasting room exclusively for me, it was a very relaxed environment with pop music in the background and sat at sofa’s to taste. The wines were of a very good quality across the three levels that I tasted with the stand out wines being the Finca La Linda Viognier and Malbec Syrah and the Luigi Bosca Pinot Noir.

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