2013 Aleph Semillon Mendoza (Previously $24) SKU #1198525

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Tasting Notes

San Francisco resident Roberto Rodriguez Canal is the mind behind Aleph, a winery whose wines we have truly enjoyed carrying over the past several years. According to Roberto: "We do not produce wine to please mass demand. Our wines are not over extracted and definitely not over oaked, we produce limited quantity of wine with its own character." Aleph Semillon uses fruit from a 70 year old vineyard in Lujan de Cuyo. On the palate, this shows nicely dry, but with a citric, waxy yellow fruited quality. Stone fruits and melons as well, with the clean flavors coupled with the textural richness that good Semillon delivers. For the Semillon geeks out there, this is a riper style than the classic Hunter Valley version, though it is stll quite crisp and bracing. Definitely worth a try! (Joe Manekin, K&L Argentinean & Chilean wine buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    This semillon is one of the most inspiring Argentinian wines that I have ever tasted. The Aleph is loaded with waxy, complex, intriguing flavors, and has full body, not from oak, but from real concentration. It might seem expensive in context with other wines from the same country, but is an outstanding value as a wine. This would be a great ringer in a lineup of expensive white Bordeaux!
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    Argentina has around 900 remainining hectares of Semillon vines, many of them brought over in the first half of the 20th century. In this case, these 70 year-old vines yield a lovely wine with waxy white fruit and a soft texture. Roberto, whose family hails from Galicia, Spain, suggests serving this delicious white with octopus.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    Very cool Semillon. Classic green tinged, waxy, yellow tree fruits, stony minerals and citrus pith. The old vines (1940) lend great concentration and soil quality to this. Great value. I love Semillon!
  • Nicole Osmanski
    By: Nicole Osmanski
    K&L Staff Member
    Crafted from vines planted in the 1940s, this Semillon is an incredibly interesting wine – especially for the price! The nose is rich with honeyed citrus, spice, and tropical fruit. The palate has that classic Semillon weight and texture, but is also extremely fresh. The Aleph really showcases how great and balanced Semillon can be when made with care. A must try!


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