Curicó Valley, Chile
Latitude -34.997360, Longitude -71.344438
St. Stephen Organic Vineyards lies within the same 50 miles' latitude range as the best vineyards of the southern hemisphere, including the Barossa Valley, Australia, Mendoza, Argentina, and Stellenbosch, South Africa.
WATER SOURCE : Andean snow melt, deep well, drip irrigation.
SOIL : Dark, rich, volcanic soil. Flat terrain. Good drainage.
CLIMATE : Warm, sunny days promote ideal growth, and cool nights slow the conversion of stored sugars.
ORGANIC CERTIFICATION : IMO EcoCert AG
HARVEST : Grapes are selected and harvested by hand in April, 2016. Grapes sorted by quality into small bins in the field.
In Mapuche, the native language of pre-colonial Chile, the word Am means “beautiful spirit”. We thought this a good name for this wine.
This is a magnificent Malbec wine from the Curicó Valley characterized by its red-blond color. Violet notes, soft, pleasant fruit on the nose, red fruits, plum, cherry, soft, light mouth, good tannin, medium body soft with character, spicy notes like pepper but soft with tobacco leaves, berries.
WINEMAKER : José Antonio Bravo von Bischoffshausen
PROCESS : Harvest early in the morning brings the grapes to the cellar with a low temperature, so that they can be marinated a couple of days before starting the alcoholic fermentation, which is carried out in about 14 days, with a 2-day regimen of soft, malolactic fermentation in barrels.
AGING : 6 months in French oak barrels, 50% new oak
BOTTLING DATE : November, 2018
Alcohol Content 13.5% by Volume
Total Acidity (H2SO4) 4.31 g/L
Residual Sugar 1.87 g/L
Total SO2 0.067 g/L
Bottle 750 ml, natural cork, bar code 856317004169
Case (12 Bottles) bar code 10856317004166
Reviewer: Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis, Planet Grape LLC
Review Dates: September 21-24, 2021, San Francisco, CA
Day One: Bright, lightly saturated, ruby with a clear meniscus. Moderately viscous.
Complex and oak-forward with notes of black cherry, tomato paste, fennel seed, game, mushroom, violet, clove studded ham, cumin, cinnamon and nutmeg. Medium-bodied, quite chewy, gripping and astringent. Long finish.
Day Two: Pretty strawberry and dried cherry notes emerge, along with cumin and paprika. Oak shows itself now as dark chocolate and vanilla. The earthy, gamey mushroom notes are gone. The texture is slightly smoother and more supple.
Day Three: Still fairly chewy, gripping and dry with notes of tobacco, cedar and vanilla dominating, followed by cherry, plum, fig, red licorice and pink rose.