Gen del Alma

Gerardo Michelini & Andrea Mufatto

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


Gen del Alma 2018 'Ji Ji Ji' Chenin Blanc, Tunuyan Login WA 92 AG 88 <1 Case
Gen del Alma 2019 'Ji Ji Ji' Tinto, Tupungato Login WA 92+ 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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Instagram: @geramichelini


  • Gen del Alma 2018 'Ji Ji Ji' Chenin Blanc, Tunuyan
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (6/29/2018)

    Bottled in late April 2018, the 2018 JI JI JI Chenin Blanc was fermented with the skins in search of more balance, because the wine has a lot of acidity (7.1 grams) and low alcohol (11%), and they wanted a little more structure and weight. This is the first year that the wine fermented in old 10,000-liter oak vats. Bottled unfiltered, it's cloudy and with more on the palate than in previous vintages, salty and tasty with primary flavors and aromas. It has an electric sensation on the palate, a mixture of acidity and minerality, with a dry, chalky feeling. 2017 was a more tannic year, and in 2018 it goes back to more drinkability, reflecting a very good growing season and an evolution in the way this wine is made. I think this could develop in bottle the way a good Albariño from Rías Baixas does.
  • Gen del Alma 2018 'Ji Ji Ji' Chenin Blanc, Tunuyan
    Rating: 88 (9/5/2019)

    Aromas of yellow peach, quince and orange oil complicated by musky ginger and crushed rock; faintly gamey in a positive way. More about brown spices and salinity and mineral firmness than primary fruit but comes across as riper and less austere than the 2017 version, with some CO2 perking up the middle palate. I was tempted to say that this dusty, bone-dry wine is perfect for hipster sommeliers but it gained in sweetness in the glass without losing its energy and may be of interest to a wider group of drinkers in search of something different. Finishes salty, dry and firm.
  • Gen del Alma 2019 'Ji Ji Ji' Tinto, Tupungato
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92+ (10/31/2019)

    The carbonic maceration red 2019 JI JI JI is a co-fermentation of 50/50 Malbec and Pinot Noir, where the nose, at least in this infant phase seems dominated by the classical aromatics of Malbec, with ton of violets and ripe cherries, while the Pinot Noir contributes with acidity. It fermented and matured in concrete and bottled young and fresh, with moderate alcohol and very good freshness, making it very drinkable and harmonious. The palate is tasty and fresh with lots of fruit, less volatility that in some previous vintages. It feels harmonious and tidy, keeping the personality.