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A producer of Italian heritage, Sottano brings the best of new world power to old world finesse. Don Fioravante Sottano settled in Argentina in 1890, after immigrating from Veneto. His children’s children now run Bodegas Sottano, located in Tupungato. Mendoza is one of four larger wine regions of Argentina. Mendoza can be broken down to smaller regions, Uco Valley is the largest, just north of Santiago. Uco Valley is known for having some of the highest vineyards in the world, reaching 850 meters. Within Uco Valley, Tupungato is a defined wine growing area at the base of Mt Tupungato volcano. The Sottano vineyards are planted at 1200 meters, which moderates the hot temperatures of the low latitude. The varying alluvial soils, minimal precipitation, cool winds and high altitude provide optimal growing conditions. Enjoy before 2018, decant before serving at 17 degrees Celsius.
Dark core with medium ruby edges, with some bricking showing along the rim.
The nose shows oak and some ageing. There is a wet, mossy and forest mushroom note that relaxes with time. The fruits are mostly red berries, with some ripe plums and a zingy note of licorice.
Fruit notes show reductive flavours of bruised red apple, stewed plum and forest floor. The tannins are chewy, but not overwhelming, and the acidity is mild. The finish is light and continues with baked red fruits and more black licorice. The alcohol is higher than expected, but we do not notice a lack of balance.
Grilled pork chop generously seasoned with garlic and herbs, served with a side of roasted root vegetables.