Mendoza: Don Manuel Villafane

Don Manuel Villafañe is a winery in Maipú, Argentina dating from 2002. The name relates to the ancestor of one of the founders, Tomas Machado de Villafañe. His ancestor, Don Manuel Villafañe arrived in Argentina in 1611 from Spain and worked as a farmer, becoming a pioneer of Argentinean viticulture. He was one of the first men planting Spanish vineyards on these lands. His goal was to provide wine to the Church’s priests and later to the colonists who came to the new world to face new opportunities.

The winery is located in Maipú, Mendoza in the foothills of the Andes. The soil in this area is almost entirely round stones from when the glaciers spread rock and smoothed it over miles and miles. The elevations of the vineyards range from 880 meters to 1050 meters elevation above sea level. Bodega Don Manuel Villafañe exports to over 7 different countries, the US being its largest market, with the labels of Don Manuel Villafañe, Legado (de Don Manuel Villafañe) and Parados used for the US, with William-Harrison Imports as its sole US importer. The wines have achieved Silver, Gold, and Double Gold Medals in different international contests.

  • Chardonnay

    On the nose, this pretty Chardonnay has aromas of baked apple, tropical fruits and a hint of oak. The first sip reveals ample fruit on entry, with the tropical notes and oak balancing out nicely. On the palate it is clean, with nice texture from the lees, a touch of stony minerality, and a clean finish balancing the fruit and crispness.

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    • Torrontes

      Torrontès is considered to be the best expression of white wine in Argentina, and this wine is a perfect example. On the nose there is an expression of floral, peach, and honeysuckle aromas, not strong, just enough to create an interest. The wine shows a medium body, with a beautiful balance between fruit and acidity, fresh fruit is what comes to mind. On the finish, there are pretty floral notes blending with the fruit, and a crisp exit, lingering for a while. This is a pretty Torrontès, beautifully balanced, from the La Rioja region, where there is higher elevation: more sun, but also cooler nights to preserve the brightness and crispness of the fruit.

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      • Malbec

        This dense red colored wine gives a full and rich fruit nose of spicy plum, wild berries, and cassis. The mouth is lush and full, with plenty of spice and dark fruit: plum, blackberry, and cassis leading to a very well balanced and long finish.

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        • Cabernet Sauvignon

          It displays a full ruby color with an expressive nose of red and dark berries, violet, cassis, and a hint of cedar. In the mouth, it is full bodied with rich notes of blackcurrant and spices, extremely well balanced with supple tannins and a long finish.

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          • Malbec Reserva

            It displays purple hints of very good intensity. It is a delicious wine with a wonderful palate. Its aromas are a mix of plums, morello cherry, truffle and, as time goes by, chocolate, coffee and vanilla.

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            • Cabernet Reserva

              Dark ruby red in color with an intense nose of rich cassis berries, vanilla, and pepper. It is full bodied yet soft and rich, with more blackberry and chocolate flavors in the mouth. The finish is long and elegant with balanced sweet tannins.

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              • Gran Reserva

                It displays intense ruby color and deep aromas of spicy ripe plum and toasted oak. In the mouth, it is full bodied with layers of ripe black fruits, cocoa and vanilla. It is very well balanced, with supple tannins and a long, velvety finish.

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