In Argentina, the term buena onda, or “good vibes,” refers to an experience that’s sublimely amazing. This rich red blend from Mendoza is the perfect example. Ripe fruit flavors of blackberry and plum are interwoven with savory notes of smoked meat and chocolate, resulting in the consummate wine for grilled meats. Grab a glass and enjoy the good vibes coming your way.
Mendoza: Mendoza is the largest wine region in Argentina. Located on a high-altitude plateau at the edge of the Andes Mountains, the province is responsible for roughly 70 percent of the country's annual wine production. The French grape variety Malbec has its New World home in the vineyards of Mendoza, producing red wines of great concentration and intensity. The province lies on the Western edge of Argentina, across the Andes Mountains from Chile. Altitude is one of the most important characteristics of the Mendoza terroir which moderates the hot, dry climate of the region. Warm, sunny days are followed by nights made much colder by westerly winds from the Andes. This cooling-off period slows ripening, extending the growing season and contributing rich, ripe flavors to the grapes that do not come at the expense of acidity. The Andean soils in Mendoza have been deposited over thousands of years by the region's rivers. These rocky, sandy soils have little organic matter and are free-draining, making them dry and low in fertility. This kind of soil is perfect for viticulture – vines are forced to work hard for hydration and nutrients, and will produce small, concentrated berries in lieu of leafy foliage. The wines produced from grapes grown on these soils are often highly structured, with firm tannins, and have a distinct minerality that is often attributed to the soil.