2013 Aleph Semillon Mendoza (Previously $24)

SKU #1198525

San Francisco resident Roberto Rodriguez Canal is the mind behind Aleph, a winery whose wines we have truly enjoyed carrying over the past several years. According to Roberto: "We do not produce wine to please mass demand. Our wines are not over extracted and definitely not over oaked, we produce limited quantity of wine with its own character." Aleph Semillon uses fruit from a 70 year old vineyard in Lujan de Cuyo. On the palate, this shows nicely dry, but with a citric, waxy yellow fruited quality. Stone fruits and melons as well, with the clean flavors coupled with the textural richness that good Semillon delivers. For the Semillon geeks out there, this is a riper style than the classic Hunter Valley version, though it is stll quite crisp and bracing. Definitely worth a try! (Joe Manekin, K&L Argentinean & Chilean wine buyer)

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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/1/2017 | Send Email
This semillon is one of the most inspiring Argentinian wines that I have ever tasted. The Aleph is loaded with waxy, complex, intriguing flavors, and has full body, not from oak, but from real concentration. It might seem expensive in context with other wines from the same country, but is an outstanding value as a wine. This would be a great ringer in a lineup of expensive white Bordeaux!

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/20/2017 | Send Email
Argentina has around 900 remainining hectares of Semillon vines, many of them brought over in the first half of the 20th century. In this case, these 70 year-old vines yield a lovely wine with waxy white fruit and a soft texture. Roberto, whose family hails from Galicia, Spain, suggests serving this delicious white with octopus.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/8/2015 | Send Email
Very cool Semillon. Classic green tinged, waxy, yellow tree fruits, stony minerals and citrus pith. The old vines (1940) lend great concentration and soil quality to this. Great value. I love Semillon!

By: Nicole Osmanski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/26/2015 | Send Email
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Crafted from vines planted in the 1940s, this Semillon is an incredibly interesting wine – especially for the price! The nose is rich with honeyed citrus, spice, and tropical fruit. The palate has that classic Semillon weight and texture, but is also extremely fresh. The Aleph really showcases how great and balanced Semillon can be when made with care. A must try!

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- A rich, viscous, full-flavored but subtly-scented and botrytis-prone white grape, Sémillon reaches magical heights when infected with "noble rot" and combined with even small amounts of the aromatic and high-acid Sauvignon Blanc to make Sauternes, one of the world's most revered and longest-lived wines, and in the sweet wines of surrounding regions like Barsac. Sémillon's most famous incarnation is in the wines of Château d'Yquem, one of the world's most expensive wines, and one that has been known to evolve for centuries. It frequently dominates, but not by much, in the oak-aged whites of Bordeaux's Graves and Pessac-Léognan, creating honeyed and viscous wines that are unlike any others. Elsewhere in Bordeaux and around France it takes on a supporting role in the wines of Entre-Deux-Mers and the Médoc. While planted throughout France, Europe, California and Washington, Sémillon's role as underling usually keeps it out of the spotlight with a few winery-specific exceptions. However, the grape is allowed to shine in Australia's Hunter Valley, where it is used to make an elegant dry wine often called, perplexingly, Hunter Valley Riesling. It also makes some incredible dry, oaked wines from the Barossa and lovely stickies in the style of Sauternes.


- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.7