The name "Tomero" honors the "water suppliers" who to this day control the flow of Andean snowmelt that irrigates the vineyard lands in Mendoza and throughout Argentina, without which viticulture would be impossible. Tomero is one of several labels from Bodega Carlos Pulenta's portfolio. Named after its visionary and founder, the state-of-the-art winery, completed in 2005, is a tribute to what can be accomplished when money is no object. And the resulting wines are succulent examples of their respective varietals and astonishing value for the price point.
The Valle de Uco, a sub-region of Lujan de Cuyo, is located in the northeastern corner of Argentina's Mendoza region. These high-altitude vineyards benefit from deep, mineral-rich soils; warm, sunny days; and cool nights. A proud byproduct of these ideal growing conditions, Tomero's 2009 offering--made from 100 percent Malbec--displays aromas of black plum, red currant, black cherry, mocha and black licorice. Medium- to full-bodied, it has a plush texture, along with flavors of spiced plum, mulberry, cedar and milk chocolate, which are supported by ripe tannins. All of the grapes were hand-harvested from old vines, most of which were planted in the late 1940s.