Clos de Chacras Eredità Malbec, 2015, Mendoza, Argentina
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Eredità means “heritage”: a family epic in a bottle. Also, a nice Malbec.
Eredità means “heritage” in Italian. This is how Silvia Gargantini honors her great-grandfather Bautista Jeronimo Gargantini and her grandfather Bautista Gargantini, both pioneers of the Argentinean winemaking industry. Fittingly this a classic, well-balanced Malbec. Grapes from the Uco Valley combine both spicy and sour red fruits note while grapes from Luján de Cuyo give a floral aspect. Great-grandfather and grandfather would be very proud.
The Gargantini family arrived in Argentina from Switzerland at the end of the 19th century. Don Bautista Gargantini ran a successful wine business, but over time his fortunes waned. His three wineries switched hands a few times and eventually were abandoned in the 70s. In 1987, Bautistaå«s granddaughter, Silvia Gargantini, bought one of the wineries to take back the family business and honour his work. Silvia and her husband Alejandro Genoud restored the building while preserving the original architecture. Their work and the work of their families represents the message they intended to pass on to new generations: love for their land and its fruits.
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