|Cristian Allamand, Angela Petro, and Sunny Brown|
with half-full bottles of wine.
We tried three wines by Allamand - 2011 Valle de Uco Malbec (described as "the greatest Malbec that Cristian has ever produced"), 2011 H Riserva which is a 50/50 mix of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, and, the most interesting one, a 2011 Valle de Uco Blanc Cuvee St. Jeannet.
The story of the St. Jeannet grape is fascinating! When Christian purchased the vineyard where the very rare vines grow, he had no idea they were there. A few unrecognizable vines were located in the back of the vineyard and produced white grapes. Allamand had the grapes tested and learned that they originated in the south of France, but no wine producing vines remain there. Allamand Viñas and Vinos is the ONLY known commercial vineyard in the world where St. Jeannet vines still remain, and, of course, this means that Allamand is the only place to get wine made from St. Jeannet grapes. In the whole world!
Surprisingly, despite the rarity of the wine, Cristian sells the wine at a more than reasonable price - $13.99 retail. It is a citrusy, dry wine... perfect for the upcoming summertime. A great gift or party wine, the story itself is worth the money, but this drinkable and unusual wine tastes like no other. Only 150-200 cases are produced annually!
Allamand Viñas and Vinos uses organic practices - no herbicides, no pesticides. For many reasons, we are very proud to be able to offer his wines to you, but the cherry on top is the relationship Cristian has with the land and the environment.
"His main objective is to continue to relentlessly improve his wines by focusing his and his father’s efforts in 'making wine at the vineyard level' and achieve the best possible quality from each growing region within Mendoza. As important, to him and his family, is to create a sense of self sustained vine growing and wine making environments that are so novel for Argentina, trying to associate himself with people of similar philosophies at all levels (vineyard managers and their families, winery employees, growers, suppliers, distributors, restaurants and retailers, etc.) in order to further elevate the level of consciousness around wine and its culture in Argentina."We feel the same way about Two Caterers and feel grateful to Sunny and Vanguard for making this connection. We are humbled to have gotten the opportunity to taste and sell this wine!