This month we are presenting the El Capitán wines from Finca Adelma. This producer is located in the Tupungato Valley, in the central west of the province of Mendoza, Argentina, with acreage of 50 hectares of Malbec. It is one of the best wine regions of the world especially when it comes to Malbec.

Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Deep red, a cassis, clove with pirazine notes, the oak gives a nice vanilla and snuff notes. It is round, persistent, highlights all the characteristics of an excellent Cabernet.

Chardonnay 2015

Pale yellow with green hues. The nose is subtle and delicate, with hints of citrus mainly grapefruit, also notes of white fruit. On the palate, very fresh fruit fills the mouth. Tasty wine, delicate and with good persistence. Balanced acidity.

Malbec 2014

Intense red, its aroma is fruity, reminiscent of plum and blackberry with subtle aging oak giving hints of vanilla and sweets, highlights its velvety structure, balanced with a persistent and complex finish in mouth.

Finca Adelma is located in Mendoza, an Argentinian province that is synonymous with wine. The soil in this region is sandy and loamy, and the weather, dry, with very hot days and very cool nights. The presence of over 900 bodegas (wineries) and 358 thousand acres of vineyards explain why this region is the most important wine-making area of the country. However, this land has much more to say. A new vision of the quality –with classic varietal plantations, preservation of ancient vines, re-application of artisanal European techniques, and the use of advanced technology- gives as a result wines of international level.

The Finca Adelma bodega is located at an elevation of 4.000 feet, right in the vineyard’s center. More than 121 acres of native desert habitat were preserved and are a part of the bodega’s everyday landscape. The western horizon is dominated by the close snowy Andes, which have an elevation of over 20.000 feet. The magnificent bodega was designed taking into account two aspects: the shape and the function. The plantation is located at a height between 3.500 and 5.600 feet above sea level. The most elevated vineyards of the province are in Tupungato, and they are some of the most elevated of the entire world. The plantation’s great elevation presents two main advantages: water and temperatures.

The plantation’s climate is continental and monsoonal, meaning, dry and sunny practically every day of the year. The annual precipitation levels are low: 8 inches on average, mainly during the summer. It usually snows three times per year, during the winter. This weather makes the grapes grow healthy, and avoids the necessity of treatments for humidity and insects’ related diseases. The vineyards are watered with pure meltwater from the Andes, which comes directly from creeks and aquifers that run below the vineyards. The clarity and purity of the water produce a low PH in the grape, a greater acidity, and wines with more color and aging potential.

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