Mendoza, Argentina

  Originally from Genoa, Italy, the Basso Family has been producing wine since 1922. In their beginning they owned the “Purísima” winery from where they sold wines in 220 liter wooden barrels. In 1935, Carlos Basso, together with his brother Tulio, purchased the “Santa Ana” winery, eventually turning it into one of Argentina’s largest premium brands. Seeking to simplify their lives and once again become involved in small production winemaking, the family sold “Santa Ana” in 1996. Using the profits from this sale the Basso’s purchased and remodeled a small winery in Carrodilla, Mendoza the following year. Inside this space the Vina Amalia winery was born. The winery uses 100% estate fruit, with two vineyards in Mendoza’s Uco Valley. Carlos and his son Adolfo run the day to day operations of the winery. Shelftalkers  Winery website   
df-chardDos Fincas Chardonnay
Brilliant gold color with greenish highlights. Notes of guava and melon on the nose, with a spicy stone fruit driven palate. Finishes fresh, with plenty of balancing acid.
df-cabmalbecDos Fincas Cabernet Sauvignon-Malbec
The use of two separate vineyards in Argentina is a traditional practice to safeguard against the threat of hail. For the Basso family, it also allows them to make a more interesting blend by combining the attributes of two distinct microclimates. The dark, powerful fruit from their vineyard in San Carlos, matched with the softer, more nuanced fruit from their vineyard in Tunuyan makes for a memorable wine. Shows jammy berry aromas backed by plump black berry and strawberry flavors. Solid and flush throughout with surprising softness.
va-malb-resVina Amalia Malbec Reserva
Deep red color with violet tones. Fine, red fruit aromas that blend delicately with oak. On the palate, it is fresh and well balanced with medium tannins. Flavors of plums, vanilla and tobacco appear from eight months of aging in oak barrels. Single vineyard.

2010 - 95 points, Decanter Magazine
va-cab-resVina Amalia Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva
Single vineyard. Intense red color. Elegant aromas and flavors of red berries, marmalade, baking spices, and earth. Terrific structure, with medium weight tannins and refreshing acidity.