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Portillo Merlot

2007 Deep crimson red color. An alluring nose featuring aromas of cherries, blackberries and other juicy red fruits. Concentrated fruit flavors are revealed in the mouth, as are soft tannins and a deliciously long finish. Well matched with hearty stews, mushroom risottos and robust pasta dishes.
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$18.00 / Bottle   $216.00 / Case
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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 Merlot 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. The grapes were hand-harvested at the optimum ripening point, approximately 24° brix. After gentle de-stemming and selection, the berries were placed in stainless steel tanks, where fermentation and maceration with select yeasts took place at 75°F to 77°F for 10 to 15 days, to preserve the fruity character of the variety. After fermentation, the wine was racked by gravity into stainless steel tanks, avoiding the need to pump.