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MEET YOUR MAKER: BRENNAN FIRTH

MEET YOUR MAKER: BRENNAN FIRTH Sorrel Moseley-Williams | 25/02/2016 |  An Arizona transplant who’s been making garagiste style wine in Mendoza for several years, if you see a harvester who looks like he’s missing a surfboard, it’s Brennan Firth. A versatile and hands-on guy involved with every step of his wares from grape picking to label design, Brennan’s Cepas Elegidas is slowly but surely making a name for itself; snap up his Chapeau Petit Verdot – if you can track it down. Brennan Firth of Cepas Elegidas. What was the last wine you produced?A 2015 Malbec from El Cepillo, La Consulta. The lowest alcohol red wine I’ve even produced but super intense, mineral and concentrated. What did you drink last night? Suono 2012 – a  93% old vine Malbec from Agrelo, 7%...

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Stephen Tanzer Rates Cepas Elegidas

Argentina: The Cool Years  -- Stephen Tanzer - Cepas Elegidas Current releases from Argentina are strikingly different from the wines of just a decade ago. In recent years, Argentina’s top grape-growers and winemakers have sought out cooler, mostly higher-altitude sites and soils more conducive to making fresher, more complex, better-balanced wines. Moreover, since 2013 Argentina has experienced a succession of cool vintages, and this weather trend has further intensified the shift away from porty, high-octane reds with dried-fruit character. The result has been a greater number of outstanding bottlings than ever before.  2011 Suono by Cepas Elegidas (15.8% alcohol; aged for 28 months in French and American oak): Medium ruby-red. Musky, liqueur-like aromas of ripe plum, red currant, chocolate, mocha...

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Review from Ray Radzewicz

Here's what Ray Radzewicz, the EVP of Sales at Luna Vineyards in Napa Valley and VP of National Sales at Majestic Imports, had to say about the wines he tried: 'One can tell that Brennan's passion for life comes through in his winemaking philosophy.... I. CINQ - love the fact that it was a 2009. This Argentine wine reminds me of why French Bordeaux (wines) are so popular. The blend of the 5 grapes created a very smooth, but elegant wine. The bouquet was full of plum, coffee, and spice. The blackberry fruit exploded in the palate with notes of dark chocolate and vanilla. Plenty of soft tannins to round out the long finish. Purchased 3 cases and my friends...

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Grape Expectations

Many people in the wine industry are returning to more artisanal and hand crafted forms of winemaking. You don’t need pavilion sized wineries and limitless funds to make great wine – just good taste and some common sense.  As you tour around large winery upon large winery you can sometimes become deluded into thinking that winemaking has to be an industrial process. Rows upon rows of enormous tanks end up looking like a fleet of steel robots and the nomadic story of a grape’s journey can sometimes get lost in translation amongst all the machinery. Making wine is actually a very natural and simple process, so simple that you can in fact do it in your bedroom. Wine fanatic and...

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