James Suckling 96
So floral on the nose with hints of citrus and crushed stones. Medium to full body. Very silky tannins. Extended finish that gives a sense of ripeness and precision. The fruit pops out at the end. Balanced and all about finesse. Savory freshness brings you back together. Drinkable now, but will age for years ahead.~JS
Wine Advocate 96
2017 was a humid that had a late spring frost and a cool summer with some higher temperatures during harvest. The 2017 Noemia, produced with grapes from 1.5 -hectare plot that has been certified by Demeter for the past seven years, fermented with 15 full clusters and 20 crushed berries, and the rest fermented uncrushed in 2,500-liter open top oak fermenters with their own estate yeasts. The wine matured in first and second use oak demi-mulds for 23 months, during which time the wine was racked three times. The wine has a restrained 13 alcohol. The extended elevage made it feel extremely young and backward compared to the 2018s I tasted next to it. The oak is still noticeable, and I think it will need one or two years in bottle to integrate it completely. There is beautiful fruit, flowers, purity and elegance, with a medium- bodied palate that reveals plenty of energy, fine tannins and long-lasting flavors, finishing with very tasty, almost salty sensations. 3,900 bottles and 150 magnums were filled in May 2019.~LG
Vinous Media 93
A Malbec planted in 1932 in Mainque, aged in 600-liter barrels for 23 months. The year and the new direction taken by the man in charge of Noemia, Hans Vindig Diers, both bore fruit in this wine. Purple in color with a nose of ripe plum and cedar and pencil box aromas, it is delicate in the mouth, presenting a smooth, elegant complexion and an aftertaste of oak overlaid with a gentle touch of smoke. A deliciously fluid take on this variety.~JH
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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.