Bodega Luigi Bosca Mendoza
The Arizu family have a sizeable family wine business producing close to 800,000 cases a year. The family now possess 668 ha of owned vineyards across seven sites. Quality across the board is generally very good with some excellent value to be found in the Finca La Linda label as well as fine Reserva Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. Los Nobles Chardonnay is in a rich, full tropical style with fermentation and ageing in new French oak. A very characterful Los Nobles Malbec gains additional complexity from some interplanted Petit Verdot. Of the top Gala labels the white Gala 3 is a vibrant fruit driven blend of Viognier, Chardonnay and a touch of Riesling. The Gala 4 is largely Cabernet Franc with a little Malbec, Gala 2 is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, while perhaps the most impressive is the Gala 1, 80% Malbec with Petit Verdot and just 5% of Tannat. The splendid and pricey top red Icono blends Malbec with Cabernet Sauvignon. The Viña Alicia wines are lower volume, almost boutique style wines. The project owned by Alberto Arizu’s wife Alicia emerged from experimental clones brought to Argentina from all over the world. The wines are some of the best in the country coming from high density plantings and low yields. Fermentation is by individual vineyard lot and the wines are unfiltered. Cuarzo is mainly Petit Verdot with a little Grenache and Carignan and Syrah and Nebbiolo are also now released as is a mutation of Malbec, “Brote Negro” from over 90 year old vines. An additional label Paso de Piedra provides more fruit driven styles aged in used barrels. The top reds under both labels will develop well in bottle for up to a decade. (DM)
To find out more about Bodega Luigi Bosca and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Regional Guide to South America..
Or indeed you can check out the new extensively updated 9th edition Wine Behind the Label Wine Guide that is 2250 pages, it reviews around 4000 vineyards and over 30,000 wines Merlot, the two Cabernets, Carmenère and Syrah. (DM)