Escala Humana is the project of Germán Masera, who makes wine for Matías Michelini as his day job. This Bonarda is from 1000 m altitude. It’s early picked, and made in a wonderfully fresh, vivid style.
Escala Humana Livverá Bonarda 2018 Valle de Uco, Mendoza, Argentina
13% alcohol. Brooding nose of sweet black fruits with some pepper, tar and some green hints. Really vivid. The palate is supple with green framing to the juicy black cherry and blackberry fruit, as well as savoury notes of olive and spice. Has good structure and acidity, with fabulous drinkability. The antithesis of lush, rich, overripe Argentine wines that were creeping in a while ago. This tastes quite Italian, with a touch of sour cherry and some green notes on the finish. 92/100 (£19.50 The Sourcing Table – I declare an interest as contributing editor)
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