Single Vineyard Serenade 2011

Alta Vista

Single Vineyard Serenade 2011

Region: Argentina / Mendoza
Grapes: 100% Malbec

In 2001, Alta Vista was the first Argentine winery to produce single vineyard wines. Using their tailored Terroir Management® system for wine growing and winemaking, Alta Vista uses fruit from distinctive sites to craft unique wines that show the true characteristics of each vineyard. Similar to Single Vineyard Alizarine and Temis, Serenade is aged for 12 months in new French oak barrels and an additional 6 months in bottle. Located above 3,000 feet elevation in Luján de Cuyo, this distinctive vineyard is characterized by drastic diurnal temperature differences and an almost non-existent risk of frost. The climate is arid; the deep soil is clay loam in composition, with boulders 12 feet below the surface. Irrigation is traditional, with water from the Andes Mountains and from a well. Planted in 1960, the selection massale vines are simple Guyot pruned and produce medium-sized clusters, with loose, well-formed grapes. Wine from the Serenade vineyard is distinguished by its expressive red fruit notes, tannic structure, good persistence in the mouth, and great refinement.

93 Points

Wine Spectator

2011 vintage
92 Points

Wine Enthusiast

2011 vintage
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harvest note

The unusual 2011 vintage saw good winter rains in Mendoza. After a very dry September, a gentle spring brought one of the best flowering periods in recent years. December and January were comparable to '05, a notably cold vintage. February was the rainiest in decades, equaling Mendoza’s average rainfall for a year. After a mid-February start, most grapes were harvested from mid-April to early May and yields were a low 2.5 tons/acre. Red wines are very good to exceptional.

tasting note

With a deep ruby color, this wine has a bouquet that reminds of humus, ripe fruits with animal notes. Once in mouth, it is incredibly fresh, with firm but soft tannins which grant it a great elegance

food pairing

This wine pairs well with grilled grass-fed beef steak, thick-cut pork chops or lamb.

technical data

GRAPES: 100% Malbec
PH: 3.66
ACIDITY: 6.60 g/l
ABV: 15.4%
AGING: 100% is aged in small French oak barrels during 12 months.

points of distinction

  • Alta Vista pioneered single vineyard vines in Argentina
  • From old vineyard planted in 1960
  • Yields are low: only 1 bottle per vine
  • Since '06 vintage, Alta Vista has received no rating lower than 91 from major wine publications
  • Made in limited production
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Alta Vista's Terroir Expression Winemakers® became the first in Argentina to produce single vineyard Malbec wines, each representing the unique characteristics of their high elevation, estate vineyards.

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