This is a growling beast of a wine, trained from birth to dominate the dining room table and chew up any wine glass it is poured into. The nose is oak-dominant with toasted spice and sweet vanilla that turn quickly into toasted caramel and burning chocolate. Flavors of dark fruit and creme de cassis turn are tucked into a tannic frame and a big lush body. This one has a smooth and boozy character that will please and delight any fan of New World wines.
Paisaje de Barrancas, roughly translated as the valley landscape, is sourced from the Maipu Valley in Mendoza.
Mostly Malbec, with a quarter of Cabernet Sauvignon and a dash of Merlot (and possibly some Syrah).
The winery was established at the beginning of the 20th century by Sami Flichman, a Jewish immigrant from Poland, who first planted grapevines in 1873. It may seem odd that one of the founders of the Mendoza wine trade was both Polish and Jewish, it wasn’t. Argentina was a major point of immigration for Jews from all over Europe in the late 18th century. It still has the largest Jewish population of any country in Latin America.