James Suckling-Mendoza, Argentina - ""Sour cherries, redcurrants, wild strawberries, baking spices and some smoke on the nose. It's medium-bodied with ripe tannins. Round and creamy with lively acidity and a silky texture. Flavorful, smoky finish.""
Argentine wines are considered New World wines, but actually have a rich history dating back more than 400 years. Winemaking practices were spread throughout Argentina – much as they would be later, in California – by Spanish missionaries planting vines to ensure a supply of sacramental wines. Though the growing conditions around the Andes Mountains are high and dry, these settlers used and improved upon the natives' agricultural practice, which channeled melting snow and ice from the Andean peaks to irrigate the vineyards.