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Argentina, Mendoza

Estancia Uspallata

Estancia Uspallata Malbec 2017

Estancia Uspallata Malbec 2017 98 pts Tim Atkin MW– 2019 Argentina’s Red Wine of the Year

Food Accompaniments

Grilled lamb chops

Awards, Reviews and other Notes

98 pts Tim Atkin MW– 2019 Argentina’s Red Wine of the Year
“You could keep it for years, “says Alejandro Sejanovich of this incredible, world-class Malbec. You could indeed, which is remarkable when you consider that the vineyard was only planted as recently as 2010. Peppery and intense, this wouldn’t look out of place in a tasting of top northern Rhône’s, with notes of grilled meat, tapenade and wild thyme. A red with stunning intensity from a unique sight. 2025-37.
95 pts Wine Advocate Issue #245 Oct 2019
The aromatic profile of the very spicy 2017 Malbec is quite different and made me think of the intensity of high-altitude vineyards, which deliver very different wines. Everything here has great intensity: aromas, flavors and persistence. It's concentrated and ripe, incredibly aromatic, but it's not heavy. It has a medium to full-bodied palate, pungent flavors, good ripeness and a loooong finish. Very impressive. 3,500 bottles produced.

Winemaker Notes

Estancia Uspallata, located 6,560 feet above sea level, is the highest vineyard in all of Mendoza. It is situated in the Quebrado del Minero (Miner’s Canyon), just outside of the town of Uspallata. The estate belongs to the Saud family of Buenos Aires and is part of a massive mountain ranch of almost 100,000 acres. However, as is often the case in these Andean properties, only a tiny fraction is actually usable. In 2008, the Saud family planted a small vineyard of about 10 acres (five acres each of Malbec and of Pinot Noir) on a pronounced north-facing slope.

In 2015, Ariel and Belen Saud approached Alejandro Sejanovich and Jeff Mausbach to partner in the development of the property, taking charge of viticulture, winemaking, and commercial activities. Under Alejandro’s care, the vineyard has thrived, and one-half acre of Cabernet Franc has been added. The plan is to continue to develop the estate, with small parcels of different grape varieties matched to the tapestry of soil profiles found on the property.

Chemical Analysis




13.5% alcohol by volume




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