Wine Spectator 88 points - Ripe yet crisp, with bright acidity backing the cassis and black currant fruit, accented with mineral and herb undertones. Drink now. 2,500 cases made.
(Sep 30 2013)
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Wine maker notes
Red color with ruby hues. Intense pepper, cassis and cherry aromas. Aromas with tobacco, chocolate and smoke notes. Fruit flavors and ripe tannins allow this wine to have a long finish.
Serve at 16°C. (60°F). Suitable for long-term storage.
A perfect pairing of both hemispheres of wine: the earthly and the mystical. ANDE, a unique high-mountain terroir where man grows the most perfect fruits. LUNA (Moon), a magical and inspirational source for the creation of great wines.
REALIZING A VISION
Andeluna Cellars, a perfected combination of top quality grapes, history and romance.
For generations, Argentina has grown and perfected the traditional grape varieties of the Old World. But the feet of Andeluna don’t rest in the soil of the Old World. Instead, they are planted firmly in the New World in a stunning series of vineyards that climb up the foothills of the Andes. The 48,000 square foot state-of-the-art winery is surrounded by vineyards planted by the descendants of one of those pioneering families of Argentina’s wine industry, who emigrated from Italy.
Andeluna Cellars was founded in 2003, by H. Ward Lay from USA and Ricardo Reina Rutini from Argentina, with the vision of being recognized as one of the top producers of high-quality wines from Argentina. Its wines have already been praised worldwide by the press obtaining great awards and reviews. Since the end of 2007 Andeluna belongs only to the Lay’s family.
Ward Lay was introduced to the business world by his father, Herman W. Lay, founder of Frito-Lay and former Chairman of the Board of PepsiCo. A well-known international businessman, Ward had many interests - especially in Argentina. He used to live much of the year at Estancia Alicura, his 200,000 acre cattle ranch and luxury guest ranching, fishing and hunting lodge in the Argentine Patagonia. He brought world vision and an indomitable drive for quality to Andeluna. He understood that great wines require more than just superior quality grapes; they require a combination of world-class winemaking techniques, state-of-the-art facilities and outstanding people to create a truly superb wine. Ward Lay passed away on October 2011. His family continues with his vision.
Premium quality wine starts with premium quality grapes, and this is the essence of Andeluna. Andeluna cultivates traditional varietals like Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc in its vineyards located in Tupungato, Mendoza at more than 1300 meters (4300 feet) above see level.
French grape varieties, Argentine soils, Italian ancestry, world class winemaking, American drive, the latest in technology and a team of people who all seek the same goal: to make the greatest wines in the world.
This is Andeluna!