Aniello: New Releases from Patagonia

Aniello is a family winery in the Mainque District of the Upper Rio Negro Valley in Argentina’s Patagonia region.  Its wines are cool climate in their freshness and minerality. They taste like nothing else from Argentina, and they’re very reasonably priced. We review three of the Aniello wines below.

Bodega Aniello has two vineyards. One, called 006, was planted in 1998. The other includes old vines planted in 1947 and 1932 on alluvial soils adjacent to the Rio Negro.  The winemaker is Eugenia Herrera. The US importer of Aniello is Global Vineyard.

Patagonia’s Rio Negro

The Wines

Winemaker Eugenia Herrera

Aniello 2018 006 Pinot Noir Riverside Estate Alto Valle del Rio Negro Patagonia ($17) 91  The 006 Pinot Noir is a delightful, easy drinking wine.  Medium red in color, it’s fresh and fruity with cherry and pomegranate complemented by a light note of mesquite underbrush. Outstanding value and delicious.  Hand harvested, fermented in small concrete vats (30% whole cluster), and partly oak aged.

Aniello 2017 Blend de Suelos Blanco de Pinot Noir Rio Negro Patagonia ($17) 91  Showing the palest blush on pale gold color, this is a white wine made from a black grape, much like a blanc de noirs Champagne.  It reveals a hint of red berries complementing red apple and minerals on a flavorful, balanced palate.  Excellent balance and length and, overall, a very good wine and superb value.  Fermented in concrete eggs.

Aniello 2018 006 Chardonnay Riverside Estate Valle del Negro Patagonia ($17)  90+  A delicious, fruit rich Chardonnay with ripe orchard fruit complemented by stone fruit notes and enlivened by a Chablis like minerality.  There’s good mid-palate weight and rich extract on the finish.  93% of the wine is cold fermented in concrete vats; 7% of the wine is fermented in used French oak barriques.

 

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