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ARGENTINE WINEMAKER: LUCÍA VAIERETTI

Lucía Vaieretti grew up in Mendoza where her family has tended vines for more than 40 years. She worked in vineyards with her parents, brothers and sister when she was young. That was the foundation of her deep, and joyful, bond with Mendoza’s high desert vineyards. “Even then,” Lucía says, “I knew we were in a special place.

Lucía attended Don Bosco, the most prestigious school of viticulture and enology in South America. She’s been making wine for 12 years, much of it with Alamos, and took over as head of winemaking at Alamos in 2016.

BRINGING GENERATIONS OF MENDOZA WINEMAKING TO ALAMOS


“Alamos is such an exciting winery to be part of,” says winemaker Lucía Vaieretti. “It shows what Argentina and Mendoza wine can be. When I’m making wines, I’m trying to express the best things about our grapes and about each region.”

Lucía says her bond with Mendoza keeps growing. “This is a land of very bold qualities. We have sunshine and desert and our water comes from the snowmelt of our beautiful mountains,” she says. “People here really love our land.”

Lucía lives in Mendoza’s Uco Valley with her husband, Rodrigo Calatayud, who is also a winemaker. They have four young daughters and tend their own vineyard. “I love that my daughters get to grow up as I did, connected to the vines and our land,” Lucía says.

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EXPLORE OUR WINES

91pts from James Suckling
7 years in a row

Grown at the foot of the Andes Mountains, our 2019 Malbec opens beautifully in the glass, revealing aromas of cracked pepper and crushed violet. Swirls of dark plum, blackberry envelope notes of caramel. Our Malbec captures the complexity, finely honed tannins, velvety mouthfeel and lingering finish of Mendoza’s signature varietal. Serve with charred meat or grilled mushrooms. Winemaking Notes: The grapes for our Malbec were handpicked, de-stemmed and crushed. The must was cold soaked for 72 hours prior to fermentation, which occurred over seven days in both upright and conical tanks at a maximum temperature of 85°F. For optimal extraction of color and flavor, we used pump-overs and the skins were left in contact with the juice for up to 20 days. This wine was aged on a combination of French and American oak for eight months before bottling.

Layers of blackberries, deep plum and blueberries meld together for a rich, saturated flavor in our 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon. Subtle hints of vanilla, clove and cracked peppercorn from oak aging and firm tannins add complexity. Our deep 2018 Alamos Cabernet Sauvignon offers a classic expression of the Argentinian influence on the variety.

Our Red Blend offers layers of dark plum fruit from Malbec, luscious blackberries from Malbec, juicy black cherries from Bonarda and blackberries from Syrah. Accents of cracked black pepper and warm clove give the blend play on the palate. And, a rich mouthfeel delivers a bold, very approachable taste.
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