Maula Sauvignon Blanc, Mendoza, Argentina

This is a great wine.  I had the pleasure of trying the Maula Sauvignon Blanc with the vineyard’s winemaker, Romina Carparelli.  It was difficult on the spot not to gush on about how much I enjoyed the wine as she might have thought I was just pandering for a bit more.  I conferred with my travel mate and professsional sommelier Linda Susnik on these notes, just to make sure I wasn’t off my mark.

Casa Margot bottleDJ and Romina Carparelli

Sharing a meal and tasting wine at Mendoza's Casa Margot. Winemaker Romina Carparelli and bottleDJ Steve Shanahan. Photo by Linda Susnik.

The nose was quite interesting, citrus yes, but more bitter notes than usual: like some rind was mixed in with the juice to intensify it.

In the mouth this Sauvignon Blanc stayed true to typical descriptors but scored ten on ten for each one. Freshness: definitely, fruit: gosh yes, mineral: present.  Again that little bit of citrus rind made the fruit seem more real.

So many Sauvignon Blancs I have tasted seem like they have been planted just because it is a hot selling varietal, and I had to admit that I expected that when I was served this wine.  I was wrong.

As I got to know the winemaker, I was convinced that she has a heightened sense of purpose in her wine making, and that includes a fantasy world she has created with her collaborators surrounding the labelling of the wine. That world includes Tango inspired personalities she portrays on those bottles.  These fictional characters come alive because their is a real vision for where she wants to take the Maula line and the rest of her portfolio.  Keep an eye on her and try to get your hands on a bottle of this wine.

PS, Maula Sauvignon Blanc… welcome to the bottleDJ Gold Record club.

Musical Match: I was thinking of a song that had the determined  attitude of Nancy Sinatra’s These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ and the unexpected charm of Leonoard Cohen.  I even think you could Tango to Amelia Curran’s The Dozens.  Pretty, feminine but that bitter side is there, not to poison it, but add dimension.

Special thanks to the Wines of Argentina for providing me transportation, great lodging, amazing food and access to the wonderful wine and winemakers of Mendoza and Cafayate during a promotional tour of Argentina for 10 days in July 2011. This wine was sampled during that promotional tour.

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