Ver Sacrum 2017 Garnacha, Los Chacayes IG

Ver Sacrum 2017 Garnacha, Los Chacayes IG

Item Number: 13415

UPC: 0-810451030132

Country: Argentina
Region: Mendoza
Sub Region: Uco Valley
Appellation/AVA: Tunuyán
Vintage: 2017
Grape(s): 100% Garnacha
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13.2
Soil Type: Calcareous river stones
Elevation: 3600 ft
Case Production: 650

Vineyard Notes: This wine is 100% hand harvested Grenache Noir from a single vineyard in the Los Chacayes IG within the Uco Valley. The vineyard is farmed sustainably and the soil is comprised of calcareous river stones.

Winemaking Notes: The grapes are macerated for 4 days before beginning a twenty day spontaneous fermentation in a 3000L unlined cement egg with 25% stem inclusion. After fermentation, half the wine ages in cement eggs and the other half in French oak barrels. The wine is bottled unfiltered.

Tasting Notes: The nose is vibrant showing red cherry, raspberry, sage, thyme, and black pepper that leads into a light mid palate with hints of cinnamon, brown sugar, and a sprinkle of lemon balm. Bright finish with lingering red fruit.

Luis Gutiérrez's Argentine Wine Value of 2018, December 2018 (2016 vintage)
"[Ver Sacrum's] 2016 Garnacha deserves to be my Argentina value wine of 2018. It was produced with grapes from an old vineyard planted in 1947 in the classical zone of Mendoza with intoxicating notes of rose water and so easy to drink that it could almost be dangerous. It fermented in an egg-shaped concrete vat, didn’t go through malolactic to keep extra freshness and it then spent six months in neutral oak barrels before being bottled. It has high acidity that makes you salivate and comes through as super tasty, with an electric mouthfeel. It retails for just under $20, a bargain price for such quality."

Reviews

  • Vinous
    Rating: 91 (9/5/2019)

    Pretty floral lift to the aromas of red cherry, raspberry, menthol and fresh herbs. Juicy, smooth and intense, with lively acidity framing and lifting the red berry and floral flavors. Very dry, bracing Grenache with a light touch, a silky, savory quality and sneaky red fruit intensity. More Old World than new in style but hardly in the way of a 15%- alcohol Châteauneuf du Pape! Nice inner-mouth tension. The lightly tannic finish shows good floral lift and persistence.
  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (10/31/2019)

    I was blown away by the bright ruby-colored, floral and aromatic 2017 Garnacha produced with fruit from young vines planted in Chacayes that delivered a more austere style of wine compared with previous vintages. It has incredible purity, and it feels light but with incredible inner strength, a Garnacha of energy and air, with very fine, chalky tannins. It's elegant, complex, delicious and easy to drink. This is a real bargain; the price is simply unbelievable.