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2008 Alamos Malbec
This Alamos wine comes from high-altitude vineyards in Mendoza wine region of western Argentina. The wine represents the highest levels in the art of blending, using grapes from many distinct microclimates. Alamos wines are blended to create flavorful, drinkable wines that preserve each variety`s distinctive flavors, aromas, and textures.

Wine Description:
Malbec is the signature wine of the Mendoza region and represents the highest achievements of Argentine winemaking. The 2008 Alamos Malbec has dark, blackish purple color. The nose shows ripe black fruits, black pepper spice and floral notes. The mouthfeel is full yet soft and supple, with black raspberry and currant flavors mingled with notes of sweet spice and a touch of leather. The finish is long and persistent with soft, sweet tannins.

Harvest Notes:
Grapes for this wine came from vineyards in the Uco Valley, and from the Luján de Cuyo area of the 'prime zone' south of the city of Mendoza. The winter of 2008 was the coldest in 40 years, and the vineyards got off to a late start in cool, wet springtime. The rest of the season was warm and dry with long periods of very sunny days that drove development of great flavors and very cold nights that allowed the vines to rest and reach full maturity. Since an early frost had thinned the crop, the result was wine of great intensity and soft tannins.

Winemaking Notes:
This Malbec was fermented for 14 days at a temperature of 79 degrees Fahrenheit and allowed to sit on its skins for another 23 days to completely extract flavor and color from the fruit. A small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon along with Bonarda - another distinctive red grape characteristic of Argentine wines - was blended into the final wine. The wine was conditioned partly in French oak and partly in American oak before the final blend was assembled.

2008 Alamos Cabernet Sauvignon
From the western edge of Argentina in the high-altitude vineyards of Mendoza's wine country comes this special Alamos wine, representing the high art of blending. Using grapes from many distinct microclimates, Alamos wines are blended to create flavorful, drinkable wines that preserve each variety's distinctive flavors, aromas and textures.

Wine Description:
Alamos Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of red fruit flavors, sweet spice and a touch of fresh mint. Garnet jewel toned, this Cabernet Sauvignon is full and soft with layers of red currant and cassis, notes of cigar box, leather and ripe black fruits. The wine finishes with finely grained tannins that add structure and length.

Harvest Notes:
The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon is comprised of grapes from the Uco Valley and Luján de Cuyo's 'prime zone', south of the city of Mendoza. The winter of 2008 was the coldest in 40 years, and the vineyards got off to a late start in the cool, wet spring. The rest of the season was warm and dry with long periods of very sunny days that drove development of great flavors and very cold night that allowed the wines to rest and reach full maturity. Since an early frost had thinned the crop, the result was wine of great intensity and soft tannins.

Winemaking Notes:
The wine was fermented for seven days at just under 86 degrees Fahrenheit and kept on the skins for 15 days for flavor extraction. Some Malbec and Cabernet Franc were added to the final blend to give additional breadth and complexity. The wine was conditioned using a combination of French and American oak.

2007 Alamos Pinot Noir
Alamos Pinot Noir is an elegant, complex, fine wine. The 2007 Alamos Pinot Noir has a light red color with garnet hues. The nose is intense and focused, with fresh cherry and strawberry laced with subtle spice and candied fruit. Oak aging adds complex vanilla and liqueur flavors. On the palate, a soft, sweet entry leads to a complex , unctuous, fresh wine. The finish is long and lingering with round, supple tannins.

2007 Alamos Reserve Malbec
Of a deep violet colour, the nose offers concentrated cherry and raspberry with delicate violet hints. The mouthfeel is intense and rich with ripe red fruit interwoven with subtle vanilla, anise and toast. The finish is long and lingering with sweet and soft tannins.

2008 Alamos Chardonnay
This Alamos wine comes from high-altitude vineyards in the Mendoza wine region of western Argentina. The wine represents the highest levels in the art of blending, using grapes from many distinct microclimates. Alamos wines are blended to create flavorful, drinkable wines that preserve each variety's distinctive flavors, aromas and textures.

Wine Description:
Golden in color, the 2008 Alamos Chardonnay exhibits a fresh aromatic profile with ripe citrus fruit, layers of floral notes and a touch of vanilla. The mouthfeel is full, clean and crisp with pear, apple and a touch of grapefruit along with sweet spice. All this culminates into a bright, crisp finish with refreshing acidity and balance.

Harvest Notes:
Grapes for the 2008 Alamos Chardonnay grew near the Mendoza River in the Luján de Cuyo area, as well as in the Uco Valley, where the highest vineyards in the region exist. With the coldest winter in 40 years, the vineyards of 2008 got off to a late start in the cool, wet spring. The rest of the season was warm and dry - a long period of very sunny days that developed great flavors and very cold nights that allowed the wines to rest and reach full maturity. Since an early frost had thinned the crop, the result was wine of great intensity and full flavors.

Winemaking Notes:
The grapes were fermented slowly at a temperature of 64.5 degrees Fahrenheit, and fermentation was completed in 45 days. The wine was then aged for nine months in seasoned French oak, with 10 percent placed in new French oak to highlight the spicy characteristics of the wine.

2008 Alamos Bonarda
The 2008 Alamos Bonarda has a deep, dark purple color. It has intense aromatics of ripe raspberries with floral and licorice notes. The mouthfeel is full, yet soft, with ripe red berry fruit flavors and touches of anis, vanilla, and toast from light oak aging. The finish shows soft, sweet tannins and fresh, lively acidity.

2008 Alamos Sauvignon Blanc
The 2008 Alamos Sauvignon Blanc reflects the character of its high altitude origins. With warm sunny days, and cool mountain nights, the Sauvignon Blanc grapes achieve a full, well balanced maturity while maintaining their natural acidity. The color is a light yellow with touches of green. The nose is intense with ripe grapefruit and citrus fruit aromas and delicate notes of freshly cut grass. The mouthfeel is clean and vibrant, with ripe fruit flavors, well balanced acidity and a bright, fresh finish.

2008 Alamos Syrah
The 2008 Alamos Syrah shows a bright purple color with violet highlights. The nose is full of rich black fruit aromas with light earth notes and a touch of roasted coffee. The mouthfeel is full and sweet, with juicy black cherry fruit flavors with a touch of chocolate and sweet spice from light oak aging. This finish is long and lingering, with ripe, velvety tannins.

2008 Alamos Extra Brut
This is a blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir, of specially selected clones for sparkling wine production. The grapes were sourced from our vineyards in Tupungato, planted at 5000' elevation. The Chardonnay base wine offers intense aromatics and good length. The Pinot Noir counterpart ensures a good acid balance adding structure and complexity to the final blend. The secondary fermentation and 'liqueur de tirage' confer a delicate sparkling wine of tiny, persistent bubbles, packed with citrus, white flowers and freshly baked bread aromatics. The mouthfeel is rich, with exceptional structure and a fresh lengthy finish.

2005 Alamos Reserve Tempranillo
Of a dark brilliant red-violet color, this wine offers elegant aromatics of ripe plum and red berry fruit laced with leather, tobacco and spicy black pepper hues. On the palate, an initial sweetness leads to a natural, well-balanced acidity / pH of refreshing fruit flavors and soft round, tannins that provide wonderful silkiness and length.

2009 Alamos Rose Malbec
The 2009 Alamos Maceración Atenuada has a light red cherry color derived from short maceration. The nose is fresh, with red fruit flavors of raspberry and strawberry and some crispy hints of pink grapefruit. On the palate the wine shows ripe raspberry flavors that lead to balanced, fresh acidity and a delicate, long, lingering finish This is elegant, balanced wine is ideal with seafood, green salad and cheese.

2008 Alamos Merlot
The 2008 Alamos Merlot presents a dark violet color with reddish tones. The nose is full of ripe plum and cherry aromas with light notes of chocolate and toast. The mouthfeel is soft and gentle with excellent texture, showing jammy red fruit flavors and finishing with supple tannins and vibrant acidity.

2008 Alamos Malbec Selección
The 2008 Alamos Seleccion Malbec shows an opaque, dark violet color. The nose is full of ripe blueberry fruits with notes of violets and sweet spice. The mouthfeel is full and rich with ripe black cherry and cassis fruit layered with notes of wildflowers, spicy black pepper and anis. The finish shows a supple silky texture with and bright, racy acidity and a stony minerality.

2008 Alamos Torrontés
This Alamos wine comes from high-altitude vineyards in the Salta wine region of northwestern Argentina. The wine represents the highest levels in the art of blending, using grapes from many distinct microclimates. Alamos wines are blended to create flavorful, drinkable wines that preserve each variety`s distinctive flavors, aromas and textures.

Wine Description:
Torrontés is the unique, fragant white wine of Argentina, cultivated there since the day of the Conquistadors. Alamos Torrontés captures all of the aromatic characteristics of this Argentine grape, with lively notes of citrus and peach fruit interwoven with delicate layers of jasmine blossom and fresh herbs. The wine is light and fresh on the palate with excellent balance, finishing with bright, crisp acidity.

Harvest Notes:
Grapes for the this wine came from the vineyards in the high valleys of Cafayate in the Salta region 500 miles north of Mendoza. The winter of 2008 was the coldest in 40 years, and the vineyards got off to a late start. The rest of the season was warm and dry - a long period of very sunny days that drove development of great flavors, and very cold nights that let the vines rest and reach full maturity. Since an early frost had thinned the crop, the result was wine of great intensity and full flavors. The grapes were harvested on March 1, 2008.

Winemaking Notes:
The wine was cold fermented at a temperature of only 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Oak aging was avoided, to preserve the fresh, delicate flavors of the wine.

2008 Alamos Pinot Noir Selección
Alamos Seleccion Pinot Noir 2008 shows a rich ruby colour with an aromatic nose of ripe red fruits with notes of toast and spice. The ripe, raspberry, strawberry and cherry flavours are mixed with touches of vanilla and toast from light oak aging. The wine presents a soft, silky texture and finishes with ripe, sweet tannins.

2008 Alamos Viognier
The 2008 Alamos Viognier shows a pronounced greenish - yellow color. The nose offers ripe apricot aromas with delicate floral notes. The mouthfeel is light and crisp with concentrated peach fruit flavors with notes of citrus blossom. The finish is clean and refreshing with excellent natural acidity.

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