Gen del Alma

Gerardo Michelini & Andrea Mufatto

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Country of Origin: Argentina
Location: Gualtallary, Uco Valley
People: Gerardo Michelini & Andrea Mufatto, Owners & Winemakers
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

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Gen del Alma 2016 'Ji Ji Ji' Chenin Blanc, Tunuyan Login WA 92 AG 90 DEC 91 In Stock

Gen del Alma is a new project started in 2012 by Gerardo Michelini, of Zorzal, and his wife and winemaker Andrea Mufatto. Gerardo and Andrea have planted vines on their individually owned property adjacent to the Zorzal winery. Their focal concept is to showcase the purity, minerality, and freshness of Gualtallary terroir. Their minimal vinification process allows the fruit to shine on its own. They use concrete eggs, used barrique, and in some cases, carbonic maceration in the winery. The wines have received high praise from the Wine Advocate and Decanter magazine and is another example of the Michelini’s taking Argentine wine to a new level.

Media Links
Angel y Vino Blog: Gen del Alma se mudó a La Milonguita

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Gen del Alma Facebook
Instagram: @geramichelini

Reviews

  • Gen del Alma 2016 'Ji Ji Ji' Chenin Blanc, Tunuyan
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (12/30/2016)

    Only on its second vintage, the white 2016 JI JI JI Chenin Blanc is already almost legendary. 2016 was atypical, with a very cold spring and extremely wet January, which produced a delay of some 20-30 days, and a reduction in yields of 30-40%, especially for Malbec. This is an unusual Chenin, for Argentinean (and elsewhere) standards. It's only 10.5% alcohol and has very high acidity, 8.5 grams (in tartaric). The vineyard was harvested five times, and the last four of them were fermented with skins until half-way through the fermentation, then pressed, cold-stabilized and bottled immediately. It's slightly leesy/reductive, so decanting energetically in advance might not be a bad idea. It's a cloudy white, which might have some lees, as it was only put through a pantyhose to filter it. The nose might be a bit dizzy, but the palate is sharp as a shaving razor, with very high acidity, a light body and focused, clean flavors, austere and mineral. Simply amazing. 10,000 bottles were filled in June 2016.
  • Gen del Alma 2016 'Ji Ji Ji' Chenin Blanc, Tunuyan
    Vinous
    Rating: 90 (7/6/2017)

    Austere yet fragrant nose offers pungent crushed-stone minerality and hints of herbs, orange zest and lemon. Shockingly brisk, tactile and salty on the palate, with its delicate citrus and spice flavors totally dominated by minerality and firm acidity in the early going. Very distinctive wine--but give it at least another year in the cellar. Finishes with sneaky persistence.
  • Gen del Alma 2016 'Ji Ji Ji' Chenin Blanc, Tunuyan
    Decanter
    Rating: 91 (10/1/2017)

    One of the best examples of Argentina's Chenin revival. Stony, tight, tense, with sharp acidity and firm tannins, and a rich layer of white fruit. Grab some crabs.