It is always a pleasure to sit down with someone who makes such intelligent comments about the business of wine, winemaking, wine sales and so forth. That was my conversation today with Hernan Cortegoso of Bodega Serrera. They make a killer Torrontes that I wrote about a little while ago along with a lovely Malbec and Bonarda in their medium price range, and a fantastic Gran Guarda Malbec that is a spectacular concoction of layers of chocolate, ripe black cherry, clove, tobacco and a hint of pepper on the finish. Lovely and long this wine has a 10 year life expectancy and just keeps getting better.
With 3 different “fincas” (small farm: it can refer to any small agricultural operation) amounting to about 100 hectares of planted vineyard, Cortegoso–who is also an agricultural engineer–spends most of his time tending to the vines. This is where the true winemaking is done, he says.
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