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USAFA 2001 Fired Up (2021)

USAFA 2001 Fired Up (2021)
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70% Merlot, 10% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc. This Bordeaux style blend is the perfect balance of complexity and drinkability. Aged in French oak for nearly 2 years and then aged in bottle for an additional 2 years, it is already drinking very well. However, you could age it for another 10 years if you wish.

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Vineyard Notes
VINUV Vineyard. Grapes raised using organic methods (no herbicides or pesticides). Los Chacayes Tunuyán - Valle de Uco, Mendoza Altitude 1100 meters (3600 feet) above sea level. Soil composition: Poor soil very rocky with sandy and silt in its composition.
Production Notes
Manual harvest in 12 kg cases. Passed through two hand-sorting tables, first as whole clusters and then as single berries after destemming. Cold soak and fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks. Manual punch downs enhanced the wine`s extraction. Aged two years in French oak barrels.
Winemaker Notes
Winemaker: Pablo Martorell Pablo Martorell is accomplished with high marks from Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate and Wine Enthusiast. Born and raised in Tunuyán just minutes from our vineyard, he has worked at some of the most acclaimed wineries in Mendoza, including Bodega Nieto Senetiner, Catena Zapata, Trivento and Bodega Flecha de los Andes, under Michel Rolland’s tutelage. In 2006 he worked with Chateau de Lauret in Pomerol, Bordeaux, and in 2007, for Chateau Peyre Lebade and Chateau Clarke in Medoc, Bordeaux, both part of the Rothschild Group. He is currently the head winemaker for The Vines of Mendoza.