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San Pedro de Yacochuya 'Yacochuya' Cafayate, Argentina 2015

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Even if they had submitted the 2011 for a large tasting, they also showed me the 2013 Yacochuya a little later on. The sales in South America and in the rest of the world are handled independently, and in Argentina the 2013 is almost sold out. The wine follows the line of previous vintages in a powerful, ripe, heady style. In fact, winemaker Marcos Etchart explained how their customers want a wine that is faithful to the style, and as they considered that 2012 was not representative of that style in Yacochuya they decided not to bottle it. So all the Yacochuya wine went to the 2012 San Pedro de Yacochuya, in case you still find it in the market. The grapes fermented with a four-week maceration in 12,500-liter stainless steel vats followed by malolactic in barrel and an élevage of 18 months in brand new French oak barrels. It's quite fresh and balanced, I would say somehow fresher, perhaps the character of the vintage, still with concentration but with very good natural acidity. Powerful and designed for the long run, these wines are much better a few years after the vintage, but if there's one year when Yaco can be accessible young it's this one. 24,000 bottles were filled in November 2014.

93+ Pts Luis Gutierrez, Robert Parker (2013 vintage)

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