Portillo Pinot Noir
Light crimson red color. Cherries, ripe blackberries and a subtle note of spice on the nose. Full-bodied and rich, this wine has a well-balanced palate with sweet, soft tannins leading to an elegant finish. Enjoy with grilled meats, seared tuna steaks and fresh salmon.
$18.00 / Bottle $216.00 / Case
Situated on a high plateau in the Uco Valley of Argentina’s Mendoza region, the El Portillo winery and vineyards are at the cutting edge of Argentine winemaking. Bodega El Portillo (El Portillo means “portal” or “gateway”) epitomizes their dedication to harmony with nature. It’s constructed of local materials, including stones quarried from a nearby valley. Ancient masonry techniques mastered by the indigenous population were revived for its construction providing new and welcome opportunities for skilled local craftsmen. The entire winery is designed to allow gravity flow to move the wine from harvest to bottle.
The Pinot Noir grapes were grown in very select plots in the estate vineyard Finca El Portillo, at 1,100 meters above sea level. Alluvial soils lay atop a gravel bed, with good permeability and drainage. Grapes were hand-harvested at the optimum ripening point. After gentle de-stemming and selection, the berries were placed in stainless steel tanks where they underwent a period of cool skin contact, followed by fermentation with select yeasts at 75°F to 79°F for 10 to 15 days. After fermentation, the wine was racked by gravity into stainless steel tanks, avoiding the need to pump.