Why Not Wednesday- Bodegas Bianchi
Bodegas Valentin Bianchi is a fourth generation, family-owned Argentine winery founded in 1928 (and is among the oldest Argentine wineries still owned by the same family). It is renowned for traditional Argentine wines. After almost a century of hard work and success, Valentin Bianchi still shines with the legacy of the family, seeking to keep alive its passion for wine, crossing borders via export to most of the world, and constantly exploring new horizons, on both the winemaking and marketing sides of the company. Valentin Bianchi wines encompass the exponents of the best terroirs of Argentina, with a philosophy that encourages a constant exploration for the ideal terroir for each wine. Its philosophy is to find the unique and unparalleled aspects of each one of the winery’s estates to interpret the vine’s intent and provide the market with variety and excellence in each and every wine they produce.
In 1887, Don Valentin Bianchi is born in Italy. In 1910 he leaves his hometown of Fasano and moves away from Italy to Argentina, specifically to San Rafael, Mendoza where a promising future awaits him. Passionate and curious, he worked in several sectors while his dream of developing something big grew stronger and stronger. The dream came true in 1928; with a lot of effort, Bodegas Bianchi came to life. The entrepreneurial spirit and calling of Don Valentin remained throughout his entire life. Devoted to making the best wines, he imported strains and readapted them to the climate and regional soils of San Rafael. Thus, little by little a family winery was born with a name that would become a tradition for excellence in wine.
The legacy continued with Enzo Bianchi, his son, and Valentin “Tincho” Bianchi, his grandson –renowned enologists that moved forward with the founder’s work with just as much dedication until their winery was placed among the most prestigious in the country and around the world. For 90 years –and 4 generations– the values of a family who has embedded their name in Argentine winemaking have remained intact.
2017 Valentin Bianchi Elsa, Mendoza Argentina – Torrontes :: $20 Sale 18
The Elsa wines are named after Dona Elsa, the late grandmother of the current Bianchi owners. Her first “casa,” still sits among the vineyards that also bear her name. Elsa Torrontes is a pale, yellow wine with bright highlights. Young and delicate aromas show a pleasant degree of intensity and interesting complexity with well-integrated notes of grapefruit, orange and apple blossom. They are also evident on the palate, where a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel and balanced acidity that gives the wine its freshness and lingering taste sensations. In this region, Torrontes manages to develop an aromatic and gustatory intensity of good quality, making it somewhat different than in other parts of Argentina.
NV Bodegas Bianchi Famiglia Brut, Mendoza Argentina :: $34 Sale $30
Bianchi Brut Sparkling wine has an attractive greenish yellow color, slightly golden with delicate and persistent bubbles, typical of a sparkling wine that goes through a second fermentation in the bottle. The wine seduces through its fine and delicate nose of tropical fruit, with marked notes of toasted nuts. This wine should be served chilled, to be enjoyed as an aperitif or for any special occasion or celebration, like the finest Champagne or other sparkling wine.
2016 Valentin Bianchi Famigla, Mendoza Argentina – Malbec :: $28 Sale $25
A deep red color, with vivid purple highlights, Valentin Bianchi’s Famiglia Bianchi Malbec has luscious fruit aromas, with hints of ripe plums and cherries, combined with subtle spicy touches. Aromas of chocolate, roasted coffee, mocha cream and vanilla are also present. The strong fruit flavors come through on the palate, with an intense, persistent and round mouthfeel, showing sweet and ripe tannins and good structure, with the fruit carrying through to the long, lasting finish. This wine is ideal to serve with a large variety of foods, especially with meat and hard cheeses.
2014 Valentin Bianchi Famigla, Mendoza Argentina – Cabernet Sauvignon :: $28 $25
A classic Cabernet Sauvignon that can compete with the best from around the world, this wine displays a deep ruby color and great “legs.” Spicy and complex aromas of black pepper, licorice, toasty coffee grinds and hints of fresh mint mingle with cassis and wild berries. Ample and persistent in the mouth, with a harmonious structure that highlights its personality and pedigree. Serve at room temperature with red meats, lamb, cheeses.
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