Wine Advocate 97
"Cropped from an almost perfect growing season when the grapes ripened slowly, the 2016 Noema is pure Malbec from one single plot of vines planted in 1932 and comes through as aromatic, floral, perfumed, open, showy and impressive. They used 25 full clusters (higher than in the past) for the vinification this year, and the wine matured in Darnajou oak demi-muids for a shorter amount of time than ever before-just 15 months-when it used to have an levage of 18 months or longer. This is the result of winemaker Hans Vindig Diers now living on the property and following up on the vineyard and wine every day. It's open, impressive and captivating from minute one-as soon as I put my nose to the glass, I had a smile. The palate is elegant with refined tannins, bright fruit and subtle minerality, nicely textured. It's super tasty and elegant with less alcohol than ever, yet it has not lost any of its clout and is still powerful and seems to have all that is needed for a nice, long life in bottle. This was bottled earlier than other vintages. It has to be one of the finest vintages of Noema to date. Only 4,200 bottles were filled in August 2017."~LG
Wine Spectator 94
"Suave and refined, with a seductive minerality to rich red plum, dark currant and black olive flavors. The finish is loaded with luscious dark chocolate and spicy notes. Drink now through 2024. 4,500 cases made."~KM
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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.