Ver Sacrum 2018 Garnacha, Los Chacayes IG
Item Number: 14845
Sub Region: Uco Valley
Estate Grown Wine: No
Grape(s): 100% Garnacha
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12.8
Soil Type: Calcareous river stones
Elevation: 3,600 ft
Vineyard Notes: This wine is 100% hand harvested Grenache Noir from a single vineyard in the Los Chacayes IG within the Uco Valley. The vineyard is farmed sustainably and the soil is comprised of calcareous river stones.
Winemaking Notes: The grapes are macerated for 4 days before beginning a twenty-day spontaneous fermentation in a 3000-liter unlined cement egg with 25% stem inclusion. After fermentation, half the wine ages in cement eggs and the other half in French oak barrels. The wine is bottled unfiltered.
Tasting Notes: The nose is vibrant showing red cherry, raspberry, sage, thyme, and black pepper that leads into a light mid palate with hints of cinnamon, brown sugar, and a sprinkle of lemon balm. Bright finish with lingering red fruit.
Luis Gutiérrez's Argentine Wine Value of 2018, December 2018 (2016 vintage)
"[Ver Sacrum's] 2016 Garnacha deserves to be my Argentina value wine of 2018. It was produced with grapes from an old vineyard planted in 1947 in the classical zone of Mendoza with intoxicating notes of rose water and so easy to drink that it could almost be dangerous. It fermented in an egg-shaped concrete vat, didn’t go through malolactic to keep extra freshness and it then spent six months in neutral oak barrels before being bottled. It has high acidity that makes you salivate and comes through as super tasty, with an electric mouthfeel. It retails for just under $20, a bargain price for such quality."
Featured in The New York Times article 20 Reds Under $20 by Eric Asimov (1/30/2020)
"Ver Sacrum specializes in wines made from Rhône varieties in the Mendoza region of Argentina. Argentine garnacha? This wine, from a high-altitude vineyard in the Uco Valley, will not remind anybody of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It’s not weighty, but light, bright, fresh and juicy."