Urban Uco Tempranillo 2012

75cl Bodegas y Vinedos Ortega Fournier Tempranillo Argentina > Mendoza > Uco Valley Spicy, robust and punchy red
Aged for three months in oak barrels. "Expressive aromas of violets, earthy mineral, and blackberry inform the nose of a spicy, ripe, intense, forward Tempranillo." The Wine Advocate.

Founded at the turn of the millennium by the Spanish Fournier family (José Manuel Ortega),the winery lies beneath the snow-capped Andes at an altitude of almost 4000 ft above sea level in the beautiful Uco Valley. At this altitude, there is a significant fluctuation between daytime and night-time temperatures of up to 20º-25ºC.
This variance particularly favours the production of wines with an excellent colour and suitable for long ageing in oak barrels.
The region´s stoney and sandy soils offer excellent drainage during the summer season. The lack of organic material, limited rainfall and prevailing winds are also conducive to high quality, healthy grapes. Furthermore, the water that irrigates the estates comes pure and clean from the snow thawing on the Andes.
The new winery - a phoenix rising out of the stony arid soil - aims to combine the best of old and new technology when completed: above ground, stainless steel, oak vats and gravity feeds; underground, a cellar designed to hold 2,800 oak barrels at a constant temperature and humidity.

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