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Santa Ercilia Tempranillo 2022

Woman Owned - Woman Winemaker

Santa Ercilia Tempranillo 2022
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Discover the vibrant spirit of Argentina in every sip of Santa Ercilia Tempranillo. This exceptional wine hails from the Nofal Alonso Winery and Vineyards in the picturesque Uco Valley of Mendoza. Crafted by the talented winemaker Gabriela Zavala, this Tempranillo embodies the essence of the region, with flavors of ripe cherry and strawberry dancing on your palate. Aged for six months in used French oak barrels, it offers a fresh, rounded experience with elegant tannins and balanced acidity. Sourced from 60-year-old vines at an altitude of 3544 feet above sea level, this wine is a testament to the Nofal Alonso family's rich winemaking heritage spanning three generations. Perfectly paired with meats, poultry, pasta, and cheese, each bottle represents a harmonious blend of tradition, passion, and the unique terroir of Uco Valley. 

A friendly introduction to Ercilia Nofal in a Buenos Aires wine bar led us to the storied Nofal Alonso vineyard and their deep wine roots in Mendoza (figuratively and literally). The four sisters are now managing the vineyard and winery, only a few miles from our own vineyard, in Uco Valley. In addition to running their own business, these amazing women have shared asados and guided us through the challenges of exporting/importing wine from Argentina. They have also agreed to share their Old Vine wines with you, and the US market, for the first time since 2012.

Wine Specs
Uco Valley
Mendoza, Argentina
Harvest Date
March 2022
2.0 g/l
5.10 g/1
6 months in used French oak barrels
Stainless Steel Tanks
Bottling Date
February 2023
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Fresh, vibrant wine. It appears with red fruit flavors of cherry and strawberry. Medium body, round, with elegant tannins and balanced acidity.
Vineyard Notes
Single Vineyard. Los Sauces, Tunuyán, Uco Valley. 60 years old vineyards; 3544 feet above sea level.
Production Notes
Fermentation in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures (24-26*C) for one week. Post-fermentation maceration in order to obtain good concentration.
Winemaker Notes
Winemaker: Gabriela Zavala. With a long history in the wine industry as an agronomist engineer, she has also worked with vineyards and been a winemaker from many years among renowned wineries. Her vision in winemaking is to make wines with personality, vibrant, respecting the characteristics of the terroir.
Food Pairings
Enjoy with meats, poultry, pasta and cheese.
Other Notes
Nofal Alonso Winery and Vineyards is a woman-owned and managed company born over three generations ago. In 1917, Don Ceferino Alonso began producing Malbec wines in his winery from his estate grown grapes. In 1947, Gabriel Nofal further pioneered wine in Mendoza founding Nofal Winery and Vineyards. Nofal Alonso is now managed by Gabriel Nofal and Ferina Alonso’s four daughters (Nora, Ercilia, Beatriz and Teresa) and continues this tradition producing small-production wines from their own vineyards at the foothills of the Andes mountains in the Uco Valley of Mendoza.
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