91WA, 91Vinous, 91JS
"The 2014 A Lisa shows more ripeness than in the 2013, as the growing season was slightly warmer. The nose of this 2014 leans toward black cherries (while in 2013 were more red) with some licorice and it also has an earthy touch. The wine is a little more structured, it has more weight, though is still medium to full-bodied." - Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate, 91 points!
“Bright ruby-red. Sexy perfumed lift to the aro-mas of crushed black raspberry, fowers, and spices. Wonderfully floral and ripe in the mouth, with strong but integrated acidity and a repeating floral quality giving the middle palate a light touch. Remarkably ripe and satisfying for 2014 but not a bit weighty; this really showcases the energy of Patagonian wines. Finishes with ripe, smooth, tannins and an exhilarating liquer-like touch.” - Stephen Tanzer, Vinous Media, 91 points!
“This may be the best A Lisa made with a tar, spice and dark fruit character. Medium body, firm tannins and a long and succulent finish. Bright austerity. Malbec and merlot. Drink now.” - James Suckling, 91 points!
90% Malbec. 9% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot
"I had the luxury of tasting all the vintages ever produced of Noemía, the greatest wine of Río Negro, while visiting the property with winemaker Hans Vinding Diers. I could clearly see the evolution of the wine over the years, a wine that keeps the profile but has been getting finer, with more purity and precision each harvest, a fact that is especially noticeable since 2010. The 2013 was my favorite overall vintage (but let's wait for the 2015 to finish its élevage!), and after that my ranking would be 2011, 2010, 2007, 2006, 2012, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2002, 2001 and 2003. The 2001 and 2003 are fully resolved by now, but none of the vintages felt over the hill. A wine that is true to its origin and vintage. And let's not forget the other bottlings, from the minuscule Noemía 2 to the more widely available and great value A Lisa. These are wines I could drink every day. You should taste to understand the potential of Río Negro." - Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate
The estate is situated in Rio Negro Valley, which is 620 miles South of Buenos Aires, 280 miles east of the Andes, 310 miles west of the Atlantic and a further 1240 miles from Tierra del Fuego. In other words, it is located in the middle of the desert. The valley’s microclimate is under the influence of two rivers deriving from the Andes, the Neuquen and the Limay which form into the Rio Negro, which throws itself into the Atlantic. The Rio Negro valley is an ex glacier which is 310 miles long and 15,5 miles large at 250 yards above sea level. In 1828, the British colonies, having observed the large amounts of water flowing down the river, decided to create channels which would irrigate the valley thus forming a type of oasis in the middle of the desert.
The climate is dry. Maximum 30% humidity and 7 inches of rain/year make the area free of diseases. There is no pollution, meaning that there is a high purity of sunlight (great photosynthesis). There is vast thermal amplitude: in maturation season the temperatures are on average 28 grades centigrade at day and 9 grades centigrade at night. The four seasons are very precise; mild spring, hot summer, mild autumn and a cold winter.
One third of the grapes are estate grown from our own vineyard planted in 2004 in Valle Azul in the desert, which is cultivated organically & Bio-Dynamically (both certified by respectfully Argencer & Demeter) and drip irrigated.The other two thirds are grapes sourced at the INTA (Agricultural Research Centre) and a producer that we lease the vines from. The grapes are 90% Malbec and 9% Merlot and a 1% of Petit –Verdot.The picking of the grapes starts from early February until end of March.