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A wine of intense ruby color, the Bianchi Lacrado is the most popular traditional Argentine wine in the Valentin Bianchi portfolio. This wine exhibits robust intensity and a great, perfume-like nose. The palate is velvety-smooth, with a complex display of flavors. It has a medium-long, pleasing finish
The Valentin Bianchi vineyards - Asti, Las Paredes and Dona Elsa - comprise over 716 acres and are located in San Rafael region, an area thought to have the best soil in Mendoza. The vineyards are planted with Italian, Californian and French rootstock. Francisco Martinez is the winemaker for all Valentin Bianchi labels, and has been with the winery since 1979. In 1996, winemaker Robert Pepi, of Napa, California was hired as a consultant to introduce contemporary techniques while maintaining the wines' traditional Argentine character. The grapes come primarily from Valentin Bianchi's Finca Asti Estate, Dona Elsa Estate, and the Las Parades Estate, situated in San Rafael, Mendoza, between 730 to 760 meters above sea level. One of the coolest areas in San Rafael, the soil in Rama Caida is of sandy calcareous composition and alluvial origins. Picked by hand, the grapes go through classical crushing and fermenting, with periodic pump-over and maceration on skin for three weeks The wine is aged in stainless steel tanks filtered for three weeks. The wine is aged in stainless steel tanks, filtered and bottled.
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