August 2020 Wine Club White

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Bodega Aniello is a small winery looking to explore the value of the ancient winemaking tradition of Patagonia, while being faithful to the Italian roots of its members. The member-owners of the winery were attracted by the quality and personality of the wines in the southernmost wine region of Argentina and decided to buy the first estate, called 006, located in the district of Mainque, Upper Rio Negro Valley.

Geographically dynamic, Argentina’s cool-climate Patagonia region is a combination of jagged mountains, plateaus, snow, rivers, plains and sea. The eastern bank of the upper Río Negro region is carpeted by sandy, loamy soils. The constant breezes and low relative humidity help keep the Aniello vineyards pest-free. The resulting wines are considered more elegant and refined than many of the more common, warm-weather wines from the Mendoza area.

The alluvial soils in the Aniello estate vineyards are very heterogeneous, from stone-dominated deep areas to sandy/loamy soil types. The same grape variety is harvested and processed from vines grown in these different soil types. The resulting “blend of soils” wine is unique and complex, with the qualities of varying terroir from the same grape in different soils complimenting one another.

Aniello produces the Blanco de Pinot Noir by gently pressing the fruit with minimal skin contact. The wine is then fermented in concrete tanks with indigenous and inoculated yeasts. 10% of the wine is aged up to five months in French oak.

The resulting wine is pale yellow in color with golden flashes. The nose expresses white flowers and citrus notes. On the palate, this is an elegant and pleasant wine, with notes of wild strawberry, balanced acidity and a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. The wine pairs well with seafood, cheese and pasta with soft sauces.

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