Aniello is a relatively new Argentine winery located on the north bank of the Rio Negro in the Mainqué district of Rio Negro. Established by winemaker Santiago Bernasconi and Italian investors in 2010 with the purchase of a vineyard originally planted in 1998, the winery has since purchased another 20 hectares of vines, including self-rooted Malbec dating back to 1927. While Aniello is not well known, some of its neighbors in Mainqué are world famous, including Bodega Chacra and Noemia, wineries and vineyards that we visited on our last trip to Patagonia. For more on this region and its wines, see our Report # 26 The Diverse Wines of Argentina.The wines, reviewed below, are well made and offer outstanding value. US Importer: Global Vineyards
Aniello 2016 Chardonnay Riverside Estate Alto Valle del Rio Negro Patagonia ($17) 91 Yellow straw. An excellent Chardonnay showing outstanding balance and gorgeous integration of flavors. Scents of yellow apple and tangerine give way to a suave, nuanced palate with excellent underlying acidity, finishing long and clean. An astounding bargain!
Aniello 2016 Soil Blanco de Pinot Noir Alto Valle del Rio Negro Patagonia ($17) 89 This is an appealing, fresh white wine made from the red Pinot Noir grape. It offers a mélange of white fruit on a densely textured palate with excellent acidity, hints of salinity and lingering notes of chalky minerals and extract of pear. Unique, and well made!
Aniello 2016 Riverside Estate 006 Pinot Noir Alto Valle del Rio Negro Patagonia ($17) 89 Reminiscent of a Burgundy village wine, the Riverside Estate Pinot Noir shows attractive strawberry, cherry, and red plum accented by light notes of vanilla bean and earthy tobacco. It’s light in weight and color but flavorful and balanced with good acidity. Fermented in small concrete tanks, 30% whole cluster, and partly aged in oak.
Aniello 2016 Riverside Estate 006 Malbec Alto Valle del Rio Negro Patagonia ($17) 90 Showing blackberry, plum and hints of dark cherry and lavender on the nose, this is a well made, juicy Malbec with good structure, brisk acidity, and abundant fresh fruit on the palate.