| Current Vintage Don Valentin Bianchi Lacrado Red Blend 750ml|
Don Valentin Bianchi Lacrado
Producer: Valentin Bianchi S.A.
Region: San Rafael, Mendoza
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, & Merlot
Alcohol Strength: 13.1% by volume
Description: The most popular traditional Argentine wine in the Valentin Bianchi portfolio, Bianchi Lacrado is a wine of intense ruby red color, with robust intensity and a great, perfume-like nose. The palate is velvetysmooth, with a complex array of flavors. It has a medium-long, satisfying finish.
Winemaker’s Notes: The grapes come primarily from Valentin Bianchi’s Finca Asti Estate, Doña Elsa Estate, and the Las Parades Estate, situated in Rama Caíida, San Rafael, Mendoza, between 730 to 760 meters above sea level. One of the coolest areas in San Raphael, the soil in Rama Caída is of sandy calcareous composition and alluvial origins. Picked by hand, the grapes go through classical crushing and fermenting, with periodic pumpover and maceration on skin for three weeks. The wine is aged in stainless steel tanks, filtered and
A Brief History of Valentín Bianchi:
In 1928, after a succession of entrepreneurial enterprises, Italian immigrant Valentín Bianchi realized his dream of owning a vineyard and small winery. First know as "El Chiche," the winery produced a fine red wine that was once called "Super Medoc."
A few years of struggle paid off for Valentín when, in 1934, his wines were awarded the Maximum Quality Price at the Official Wine Exhibition and Contest, a national event held in the city of Mendoza. It was this same year that fine wine shops in Buenos Aires discovered his wines, recommending them to the Capitol's wealthy sophisticates.
In the early 1950s, when Valentín's sons started joining the now successful enterprise, he decided to rename the company - and Valentín Bianchi SACIF was born. It was this winery that he handed down to his sons Alcides Jose and Enzo Arnaldo. Along with thier brother-in-law, Aurelio Stradella, they took a team-work approach to running the company, each one handling that part they most enjoyed and in which they excelled.
In the mid-1980s Valentín's grandsons, Valentin Eduardo, Ricardo Stradella and Alejandro Ruben rose to positions of prominence within the company. Today with the continued expertise of their fathers, they are the third generation to run what is now called Valentín Bianchi S.A.
The three Valentín Bianchi vineyards - Asti, Las Paredes and Doña Elsa - comprise over 716 acres and are located in San Rafael, which is thought to have the best soil in the Mendoza region. The vineyards are filled with rootstock from Valentín's native Italy, as well as vines from California and France. The high quality of the grapes is matched by the use of cutting-edge technology to develop wines that have received praise and awards both in Argentina and abroad. Francisco Martinez is the wine maker of all Valentín Bianchi labels, and has been with the winery since 1979.
Today, Valentín Bianchi wines are appreciated by aficionados as well as the causal wine drinker, which is a testament to the hard work and efforts of the third generation. The grandsons of Valentín's Bianchi - like their brethren wine families in the U.S. and the rest of the "new world" - are keeping their grandfather's dream alive.
At room temperature with beef, steak or game, or flavorful hard cheeses.