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2013 VIVO O MUERTO SAN JORGE ALTAMIRA 750ML
2013 VIVO O MUERTO SAN JORGE ALTAMIRA 750ML
 
Case Price $59.99
Bottle Price $65.99
Year 2013
Size 750ML
Color Red
Varietal Malbec
Country Argentina

Product Code: 2813297
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“The 2013s are all about finesse and the results are fresh, often floral wines with sound acidity, vibrant fruit, medium body, considerable aromatic complexity, and good aging potential. They are as likely to seduce as to overwhelm—and how often can that be said about Argentina’s biggest reds? This should turn out to be Argentina’s finest and most complete vintage of the 21st century to date.” – Stephen Tanzer

Vivo o Muerto Wines is the newest project from Argentinian wine gurus; Alejandro Sejanovich and Jeff Mausbach. The wines showcase the character of different old vineyards throughout the different zones within the province of Mendoza.

Born and raised in Mendoza, Alejandro Sejanovich is seen by many as the most talented and thoughtful viticulturalist in Argentina. He spent his childhood surrounded by vines, and by the age of 13, he already knew his vocation. After bachelors and master’s degrees in vineyard management and winemaking, Sejanovich joined Catena Zapata in 1994 as vineyard manager. In 1997, he planted the highest altitude vineyard in Mendoza, at 5,000 ft. elevation. He also conducted the only Malbec clonal selection research program in Mendoza.

About that same time, Jeff Mausbach finished his Master’s program and moved to Buenos Aires with his wife Veronica where his love for wine led him to pursue a career at Argentine’s icon winery Catena Zapata and where he met Alejandro.After 13 years working as Catena’s Wine Education Director and traveling the globe teaching about Argentine wine; him and Alejandro were ready for their next move.

In 2012, they created Vivo o Muerto Wines (literally Dead or Alive) which primary objective is to produce wines from small, often forgotten terroirs in Mendoza; vineyards with character and a strong sense of terroir. They work mostly with Malbec, and harvest each vineyard in two passes or tries according to the different soils in each location, as different sections attain different levels of maturity. The full clusters are fermented in cement vats with indigenous yeasts, and before the fermentation is finished the wine is pressed and finished fermenting and goes through malolactic in used oak barrels where it matures for some 16 months

Paraje Altamira is in the southern Uco Valley, in the county of San Carlos, at an altitude of 4,000’ elevation. Sandy, silty soil rich in rocky limestone with patches of granite gravel produces wonderful Malbec and Bordeaux varietals with intense mineral notes. Vineyard’s density is 2,750 plants per acre

A blend of Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Micro - fermented in plastic harvest bins, concrete eggs, and small concrete tanks with natural yeasts at a maximum temperature of 68ÂşF for 15 days. All manual cap management with 6 punching downs per da. Aged for 14 months in French oak, 22% new

95 pts. Suckling: This is really rich and impressive yet remains fresh and responsive. Full body plus lightly chewy tannins with a pretty mouthfeel and tension. A blend of malbec co-fermented with cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon. Drink or hold.

94 pts. Parker: The 2013 San Jorge Altamira felt closed and backward when poured, but after covering the glass with the palm of my hand and shaking it energetically, I wondered if my hand had injected perfume, because the heady, floral aromas jumped out of the glass. The flavors reveal blueberries and damson plums intermixed with violets and some faint spices. There is very good tension here, and the flavors are quite layered. 1,300 bottles produced. Drink date: 2015-2020

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