Wine Enthusiast 93
“A blend from fruit grown in Mainque, in the heart of Río Negro, this includes grapes from the estate’s vineyards planted in 1932. While it’s the simplest of the Noemía wines, it is also the most adorable and fruity. It’s juicy and refreshing, lively, full of spicy details, cherries, violets, and hints of oak. The texture is soft and tender, the wine ready to drink with the dark meat of roast turkey or other game meat.”~P.T.
Wine Advocate 91
The 2014 A Lisa shows more ripeness than in the 2013, as the growing season was slightly warmer. The nose of this 2014 leans toward black cherries (while in 2013 were more red) with some licorice and it also has an earthy touch. The wine is a little more structured, it has more weight, though is still medium to full-bodied. 65,000 bottles produced.~M.L.
Vinous Media 91
"Bright ruby-red. Sexy perfumed lift to the aromas of crushed black raspberry, flowers and spices. Wonderfully floral and ripe in the mouth, with strong but integrated acidity and a repeating floral quality giving the middle palate a light touch. Remarkably ripe and satisfying for 2014 but not a bit weighty; this really showcases the energy of Patagonian wines. Finishes with ripe, smooth tannins and an exhilarating liqueur-like touch."~S.T.
James Suckling 91
"This may be the best A Lisa made with a tar, spice and dark fruit character. Medium body, firm tannins and a long and succulent finish. Bright austerity. Malbec and merlot. Drink now."~J.S.
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Bodega Noemia de Patagonia is an authentic project that brought Contessa Cinzano and Hans Vinding-Diers into the remote Rio Negro Valley of Patagonia. In 2000, they were inspired by the potential of the region after discovering exceptional wines from the 1930's and 1940's, cellared at the oldest winery in the area. A scouting mission of the Rio Negro Valley ensued, resulting in the purchase of the semi-abandoned Bodega Noemia property. At 39 degrees latitude, Bodega Noemia is one of the southernmost wineries in the world. This region has a history of glaciers, poor soil and, limestone-rich bedrock. Flowing from the Andes, the Limay and Neuquen rivers bring mineral-rich water to this arid zone. A desert climate at heart, a large thermal amplitude graces the property, and the Andes bestow constant winds on the area, virtually eliminating the threat of most diseases. Combined, these factors create an environment that is ideal for making mineral-rich wines with vibrant hints of fruit. The restoration of the vineyards began in 2001 with the goal of crafting fine wines that expressed the unique desert terroir. First planted in 1932, the original pre-phylloxera rootstock of the vineyards was carefully resuscitated, and Vinding-Diers oversaw the estate's Massale selections in order to create vineyard compositions tailored to the land. To further amplify the terroir's signature in the final wines, fermentation was carried out using only indigenous yeasts. The comittment to protecting this unique patrimony also led to the decision to cultivate almost all Bodega Noemia wines according to Argencert organic and Demeter biodynamic standards. The time and effort put into the vineyard has paid off with exceptional wines. The debut of Bodega Noemia's 2001 vintage was a critical success and each subsequent vintage has followed with impressive results, making Bodega Noemia one of the most acclaimed properties in South America.