“I am a fan of Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir has the capacity to be so awesome because it can be delicate and feminine and it can also have a massive structure. It can be fruit forward and friendly and it can be earthy, dirty and be full of minerals.
The Pulenta family is Argentine wine making family with a long and rich tradition. Now in their 3rd generation, you will find the name Pulenta in many different labels around Argentina.
The Pulenta Estate Pinot Noir 2009 has a typical light strawberry color. In the nose you have a soft cherry aroma with hints of toast, vanilla and minerals. I thought the nose to be a bit under-expressive for a wine of this category. Don’t get me wrong, it smells fantastic, I just would have expected a bit more. In the mouth you have a lively, crisp wine with a very dry expression. There is good fruit but it is not fruit forward. Fruits found are under-ripe cherry and strawberry. There is great structure and a lingering mineral finish, especially graphite.
This wine is a 100% Pinot Noir varietal from Pulenta’s estate vineyards in Los Alamos, Tupungato, Mendoza. At an altitude of 1100 meters above sea level (about 3500 feet), Pinot Noir does quite well as higher up the nights help to cool off this sensitive grape.
You have to love the ultra modern design of the Pulenta Estate labels. Showing just enough of the shoulder of the wine bottle in one single brush stroke epitomizes modernity.
This wine would go excellent with any sort of pasta dish or chickens or fishes.”