Vineyard: This old vine Semillon vineyard is located near Finca Remota in Altamira - Uco Valley. The vines are 60 + years old and ungrafted.
Orientation: The average elevation is 3,600 feet.
Viticulture: Hand harvested
Vinification: no fining and no filtering.
Aging: 15% is aged for 6 months in new French oak barrels.
Production: 900 (6-packs)
Publication: Wine advocate
Bottled a couple of weeks before I tasted it, the 2016 Semillon was cropped from a cold and late-ripening "El Niño" vintage. The resulting wine is slightly lower in alcohol and fresher than previous years. The vines were 69 years old in 2016 and are planted on lime soils with big limestone blocks of alluvial origin. Fifteen percent of the must fermented in oak barrels where the wine matured for six months. The palate has vibrant acidity and great length, it makes you salivate, because you have to guide yourself by the feeling in the mouth, as the nose is still very closed and undeveloped. It's fresh, linear, with great freshness--a baby, with a long life ahead. I'd have to taste it next to the older vintages, but in my memory this might be the finest year to date. 16,600 bottles were filled in September 2016.
(these vines are now 72 years old): Pale, bright yellow. Aromas of menthol, honey and clove. Fat and rich but vinous too, with slightly streaky acidity framing the savory lemon drop and mineral flavors. Still a bit youthfully austere but boasts very good palate presence and finishes with juicy lemony lift. This will probably be more complex and satisfying with a year or two of cellaring.