2017 Montesco "Agua de Roca" Sauvignon Blanc Uco Valley

SKU #1412751 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 2017 is possibly closer to 2014 or 2015, a dry year that produced a concentrated, healthy and powerful wine, and the 2017 Montesco Agua de Roca has 13% alcohol, the highest since 2011. The grapes ripened very fast, and yields were low. The wine is softer and balanced, with integrated alcohol. It has the character of the wine and the place where the grapes are grown (the same every year), and that character is stronger than the ripeness, as it's still vertical and with very good acidity. This is an austere white that is mineral and tasty—a white made with rocks. 3,300 bottles were filled in October 2017. There will be no 2018 of this wine, because there was hail in the vineyard. Drink through 2024. (LG)  (6/2018)

91 points Vinous

 (12.7% alcohol; done in concrete eggs): Pale lemon-tinged straw. Pungent scents of grapefruit and lemon zest, fresh-cut grass and minerals. Ripe but laid-back, with terrific saline mineral thrust intensifying its citrus, mineral and herb flavors. Really dusts the palate and builds on the subtly long, precise aftertaste. Delivers impressive flavor impact in a very subtle way. I loved the 2016 version for its chalky minerality and penetrating citricity but that wine weighed in at a mere 10.5% alcohol, so this vintage is likely to offer broader appeal. There's a touch of fruit sweetness here but this is still a distinctly brisk Sauvignon Blanc that verges on austere. I could drink this all day long. (ST)  (7/2018)

K&L Notes

This is the brainchild of Matias Michelini. He is the winemaker, agronomist and Grand Poobah of his winery named Passionate Wines. Matias strives to make experimental wines that express terroir. These wines are low production and are drawn from multiple inspirations, regions, and styles. Biodynamically grown Sauvignon Blanc from high elevation calcerous soils. The wine is fermented in Stainless and Concrete then aged for a year in concrete eggs. This is a dynamic expression of a classic varietal, it is unmistakeably Sauvignon Blanc but unlike any that I have had before. The pronouced minerality plays with the clean ripe fruit and just a whisper of grass there is just enough texture and body to keep the wine taut but not sharp. I cannot do justice to the intoxating nature of the armotics and flavors of this wine. It was love at first sniff.

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By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/13/2019 | Send Email
One of the best things about wine is the diversity. All the different varietals and all the different regions, it is so much fun to explore the world through a glass of wine. While I love finding new varietals and new regions, the most exciting diversity can be found with the same varietal grown in different places, that is what makes Burgundy Burgundy. While the same varietals are grown all over the world and in many varied regions most of the time unsurprisingly the wines taste very similar, which can be a good/bad/neutral thing. That is why this Sauvignon Blanc is so exciting, I have never have a Sauvignon Blanc quite like this. Biodynamically grown at high elevation in calcareous soils. The wine was fermented in Stainless and Concrete then aged for a year in concrete eggs. There is pronounced minerality and very high acidity. The fruit is ripe and clean with just a whisper of grassiness. There is just enough texture and body to keep the wine taut but not sharp. I cannot do justice to the intoxicating nature of the aromatics and flavors of this wine. This is a dynamic expression of this classic varietal.

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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.


- 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 (%): 12.7