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JAMES SUCKLING THE TOP 100 WINES OF THE ANDES 2016: #68
"The aromatic and perfumed 2014 Alta Collection Malbec is sourced from young vines from a cooler place in the Valle de Uco, at some 1,350 meters altitude, where the climate is cold and a little extreme. In the riper 2014 it seems to have worked wonders and produced a great Malbec, with the telltale soft tannins of the variety and good acidity. Fresh, elegant and easy to drink. 108,000 bottles produced.
Tapiz has a new winery in San Pablo, and all the wines now are from Valle de Uco, mostly San Pablo; all I tasted this time was from there. In the past, it was a little confusing, as the wines were produced in the same winery as Zolo, as the owners are the same. Jean-Claude Berrout and his son, of Petrus fame, are consultants here (and a little in Zolo too). The wines are improving from vintage to vintage." (WA)
"A solid wine with blackberry and black pepper character. Full body, chewy tannins and a fresh and cool finish. So polished and beautiful. From grapes grown in Valle de Uco. Pomerol's legend Jean-Claude Berrouet consults here. Better in 2018." (JS)
Tapiz is one of the most renowned and awarded Argentine wineries. Winemaker Fabian Valenzuela was joined by Jean Claude Berrouet in 2012. Jean Claude is the recently-retired winemaker of Petrus, having presided over 44 vintages at this revered Bordeaux winery. Tapiz is proud that Jean Claude chose to work with them exclusively in Argentina. To celebrate the addition of Jean Claude, Tapiz created a new “Alta Collection” line of wines. The “Alta Collection” fruit comes solely from Tapiz's sustainably-farmed estate San Pablo vineyard in the Uco Valley. San Pablo is one of the highest altitude vineyards in Mendoza (4,600 feet above sea level). This extreme altitude provides for warm days which impart concentration to the grapes, and cold nights which give natural acidity.
Fabian and Jean Claude work together to create a beautiful tapiz (tapestry) between the wine's unfiltered fruit and its oak aging. These full-bodied yet elegant wines have the acidity and complexity to drink on their own or complement food. As Restaurant Wine exclaimed: “Tapiz is a very consistent producer of excellent wines.”