Single Vineyard Serenade 2012

Alta Vista

Single Vineyard Serenade 2012

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 Advocate

2012 vintage
90 Points

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2012 vintage
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harvest note

For Mendoza’s high altitude vineyards, 2012’s particularly warm temperatures produced average-to-low yields of excellent quality fruit. Winter was very windy and dry, with little snow or rain, as was the beginning of spring. The end of November brought crucial rainfall. Budding came late and the spring brought strong winds that affected flowering, especially in Uco Valley. Summer and autumn were quite hot and dry, yet thermal amplitude was normal. 2012 was a late, gentle vintage for those who kept yields low.

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
APPELLATION: Mendoza
PH: 3.63
ACIDITY: 6.60 g/l
ABV: 15%
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
  • about the grape +
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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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