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CARMELO PATTI gran assemblage 2013


about the wine

a blend of cabernet, malbec, merlot, and cabernet franc, carmelo’s “gran assemblage” reminds us very much of a rustic, “old school” bordeaux with earthy fruit, leafy undertones, and soft restraint. this small bottling is an assemblage of the finest blocks of carmelo’s perdriel vineyard.

all grapes are co-fermented together, using native yeast. generally held at the winery five years or more before release. tasting notes

“jumping a few vintages, as the last time i tasted the 2008, the 2013 gran assemblage is a blend of cabernet sauvignon, malbec, merlot and cabernet franc from the same vineyard in perdriel where the winemaker, year after year, sources the grapes for all his wines. all wines are hand-crafted, the grapes fermented in cement vats with indigenous yeasts. in this case, all the wine is put to mature in oak barrels, whereas most of the others are only partially oaked, yet there are no oak aromas in any of the wines, as the barrels he uses are well-seasoned. it feels very classical, proportioned, aromatic and polished, with character.” ~wine advocate

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about the producer CARMELO PATTI
if you are lucky enough to secure an appointment, a visit to carmelo patti’s small, rustic winery in the heart of lujan de cuyo will without question be one of the more memorable wine tours of your life. carmelo is one of mendoza’s great old-school winemaking personalities and runs every corner of this quirky operation himself. originally brought to argentina on a small boat from sicily when he was one year old, carmelo was a catalyst for the rebirth of fine wine production in mendoza in the eighties and is, to this day, one of the most respected enologists in the country. carmelo’s winemaking style is equally unique as his character, and he insists on holding all wine until he deems it “ready” for release which generally means 4-5 years after harvest at the soonest for reds. all wines are made naturally, with no chemical additives and only native yeast.