As Agustin Huneeus migrated from his native Chile, and before coming to the US, he spent several years in Argentina working in the wine business. Since then, Malbec has emerged as one of the world’s fastest growing red wines and Mendoza, Argentina, has become the undisputed leader in Malbec production.
It is not surprising Huneeus’ experience in Argentina would, years later, lead to producing a world class, proprietary Malbec from Mendoza. Partnering with the Pulenta family, widely considered a founding family of Mendoza’s wine industry and 3rd generation grape growers, Cruz Andina was born.
Fruit for Cruz Andina Malbec comes from the Pulenta’s 130 acre estate vineyards in Mendoza’s prized Lujon de Cuyo appellation. At about 3200 ft., the vineyards sit at the highest altitude in Lujan de Cuyo and planted in 1948, are some of the oldest vines in Mendoza.
The wine is bold, rich and deeply ruby colored. Flavors of dark fruit mingle with complexity from aging 16 months in French oak (30% new). The finish lingers delightfully on the pallet.
|Cruz Andina Malbec made by one of Chile's most important winemakers, Alvaro Espinoza. The wine showcases depth, rich flavors of dark fruit, a silky long mouth feel opens the wines to an array of flavors. The finish is long and surging.
|Wine maker notes
|Chile's Huneeus family and winemaker Alvaro Espinoza crossed the towering Andes in search of Malbec from Mendoza's best old-vines, high altitude vineyards, merging the influence of land and man on both sides of the mountain.