The wine importers for this month's club have made it their mission to seek out small operation, "soulful" wines from Argentina and Chile. We think the bottles this month fit the bill. These are sustainably grown, living wines that demonstrate what we love about this craft: a connection and responsibility to the earth, and an appreciation for the joys it can bring us.
These conscientious methods certainly apply to our "First Dibs" bottle this month: a lightly filtered blend of Malbec and Cabernet Franc from Passionate Wines in Argentina's Uco Valley. This is a bold red with good acidity and enough flavor to hold up to anything you can throw on the grill. Available for $37.95.
Passionate Wines Del Mono Tinto 2019
A Family Operation
Matías Michelini comes from a long line of winemakers with roots in Italy. Alongside several brothers, he has been producing wine in the Mendoza region of Argentina with Zorzal and SuperUco. His solo project, Passionate Wines, integrates sustainable farming practices, emphasizes low-production, and utilizes native yeasts in the fermentation process. The wine is produced in the Uco Valley of Mendoza, in Tupungato.
This 50% Malbec, 50% Syrah blend is bright and juicy with notes of brambly berries, chocolate, and smoke. Fine tannins and restrained acidity help express the broad, ripe, and slightly savory flavors. This would be the perfect addition to a (socially distanced) barbecue, as it would pair nicely with a blue cheese burger or BBQ pork.
Gen Del ALma JIjiji Chenin Blanc 2019
Gen del Alma started in 2011 on seven humble hectares in Gualtallary, at nearly the highest point for wine growing in Mendoza. This characterful Chenin Blanc comes from a single vineyard in Tunuyán, grown in alluvial soils from the nearby river of the same name. This is a sustainably grown, hand-harvested 100% Chenin Blanc fermented with native yeast.
The varietal and terroir lend a layered complexity to this beguiling white, which marries notes of lemon, apple, and white tea with a slightly farmhouse quality reminiscent of wool and flint. This is something to be enjoyed with sunshine and good food: creamy cheeses, fowl, or tomato-based dishes will complement.