Bodega del Desierto is owned by the sibling team of Armando and Maria Loson. Located in the La Pampa
province of the Alto Valle Rio Colorado, the wines were named 25/5 in honor of the local town and in
recognition of the 1810 revolution that led to Argentina's independence from Spain. The strong
Patagonian wind and arid desert conditions produce bold red wines and aromatic, delicate whites. At
harvest, the grapes are hand-picked and arrive at the winery within an hour to preserve freshness and
acidity. Winemaker is Sebastian Cavagnaro works hand in hand with vineyard manager Adrian Barrios
and consulting winemaker Paul Hobbs.
| Wine Advocate 88 points (Oct 2012)
The 2009 25/5 Pampa Merlot offers dark red fruit and espresso on the defined nose. The palate is fleshy and generous, but with decent structure and a satisfying ripe, cedar infused finish that nods towards the Right Bank. This is a commendable take on Merlot. Drink now-2015.