Mendoza: Legado

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 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.

  • Malbec

    This wine is a premier example of why Malbec has become the star of Argentina. In the Andes foothills is where the grapes are grown, at an altitude of 2500 feet. This wine is made from 100% Malbec from the rocky vineyards of the Maipú desert: a perfect setting to produce the finest red grape of Argentina.

    A deep red/purple color leads you to a nose of fully ripe cherry and raspberry with a hint of plummy spice. Dense and ripe berry flavors with a touch of oak give it great body with soft, sweet tannins on the palate and the long finish. Serve with meats, cheeses, grilled foods, or it is smooth enough to drink by itself or light appetizers.

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    • Chardonnay

      This wine comes from 100% Chardonnay grapes grown at 2500 feet of elevation in extremely rocky soil which means great drainage for the vines. The weather was very good before the harvest, allowing the grapes to achieve optimum ripeness, before being harvested by hand.

      The wine has a rich golden color leading to a bouquet of peach, apple and citrus fruits. Medium-bodied on the palate with well balanced acidity showing soft hints of pineapple and citrus flavors. A touch of vanilla from the oak leads to nice length and finish that is fresh with soft acidity. An exceptional white wine to serve with poultry, grilled seafood, cheeses or simply on its own.

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      • Cabernet Sauvignon

        This wine comes from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown at 2500 feet elevations in extremely rocky soil which means great drainage for the vines. The weather was very good before the harvest, allowing the grapes to achieve optimum ripeness, before being harvested by hand.

        This wine shows a full ruby color with an expressive nose of red and black berries, violet, cassis, and a hint of cedar. In the mouth it is full-bodied with rich notes of blackcurrant and spice. Extremely well-balanced with supple tannins and a long finish. Serve with any red meats and especially lamb or game…beautiful with cheeses.

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        • Torrontes

          This is the first release of Torrontés under the Legado label. This wonderful white grape is grown at a higher and cooler altitude in La Rioja, north of Mendoza. The Legado Torrontés is a perfect example of this varietal, which many call the best expression of white wine from Argentina. Recent DNA research on the grape shows there are three distinct Torrontés varieties in Argentina, with the most aromatic and balanced being Torrontés Riojano.

          This grape is a crossing of the varietal Mission (a sacramental wine grape originally from Spain, then planted in Spanish missions on the west coasts of North and South America) and the Muscat of Alexandria. The wine is lush with aromas of honeysuckle, apricot, jasmine and rose petals. On the palate it has a creamy texture, with rich flavors of peach, lychee, and melon, with a medium body. Despite the richness in aromatics and fruit on the palate, it still finishes crisp and dry, a great match for spicy or strongly flavored foods.

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          • Cabernet Franc

            This is the first release of the Cabernet Franc from the Estate’s vineyards in the Andes foothills at an altitude of 2500 feet. There are two hectares planted (about 5 acres) and finally the grapes have the quality to produce an excellent wine each year. This wine is made from 100% Cabernet Franc from the rocky vineyards of the Maipú desert: a perfect setting to produce one of the noble grapes of Bordeaux that has not yet been widely planted in Argentina.

            A deep red/purple color leads you to a nose of fully ripe cherry and cassis with a hint of spice. Dense/ripe red fruit flavors with that mid-palate Cabernet Franc texture give it great body with soft, sweet tannins. Serve with pork chops, grilled meats, cheeses.

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            • Reserva Malbec

              This is the king of the red wines in Argentina. The weather was very good before the harvest, allowing the grapes to achieve optimum ripeness, before being harvested by hand at 3200 feet elevation in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, in Maipú. After picking the grapes are then sorted, reserving the best lots of grapes for the Reserva. Only the free-run juice is used for the Reserve Malbec, and maceration was performed prior to and after fermentation to extract color and flavor without harsh tannins. The wine is then aged fourteen months in French oak barrels.

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              • Tres Uvas

                Made from 40% Malbec, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Cabernet Franc, this wine is made from the best lots of each varietal. The grapes are grown at 2500 feet of elevation in extremely rocky soil which means great drainage for the vines. The weather was very good before the harvest, allowing the grapes to achieve optimum ripeness, before being harvested by hand.

                The ‘Tres Uvas’ refers to ‘three grapes’ in Spanish. Only the free-run juice is used and the grapes are macerated prior to and after fermentation to extract color and flavor. The wine is then aged fourteen months in French oak barrels. This is a wine not to be missed: if it were from Bordeaux, it would sell for at least twice the price. Great with red meats, especially off the grill, more robust cheeses, and game. Will improve by cellaring for at least 10 years.

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                • IV Siglos

                  Going back to the day when the winery founder’s ancestor first planted grapes in Argentina is about four centuries ago. The IV Siglos is the flagship wine, the ‘Legacy’, of the winery, referencing when Don Manuel Villafañe first worked the vineyards in Argentina in 1611. The best of the best lots are put aside for this wine, which consists of 46% Malbec, 38% Petit Verdot, and 16% Cabernet Franc. The winery is one of very few to have not only Petit Verdot but also Cabernet Franc planted. Think of a luxury Bordeaux blend, but with Argentine dry weather and sun, instead of the Bordeaux weather, this wine shows excellent ripeness, supple tannins, and complexity that doesn’t quit.

                  Deep red with bright purple highlights, this wine shows toasted aromas, ripe black and red fruit, with a persistent and velvety mouthfeel. The fruit, supple tannins and minerality stay on the palate long after the wine has been consumed. Wow. The Malbec and Cabernet Franc were aged in new French oak barrels for 18 months, and then the wine is bottle conditioned before release. Cellar for up to 12 years.

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