Vaglio is the personal project of José Lovaglio Balbo - if the name Balbo sounds familiar, it is because his mother Susana Balbo (and her hugely successful "Crios" wines) has helped to define Argentinian Malbec over the years. Lovaglio is one of the head winemakers at his mother's winery, Dominio del Plata. In his independently owned and operated Vaglio, however, José aims to showcase the different microclimates of northern Mendoza through terroir-driven wines. In 2013 he found an old winery for rent in Tupungato, refurbished it and began to produce single vineyard wines from different sub-regions and soil types, all vinified in the same way with minimal intervention. The Aggie consists of 100% Malbec from Capataz, a 52-acre vineyard planted in 2008 at 3,800 feet altitude in Gualtallary in the Uco Valley. The soils are calcareous, stony soils of alluvial origin and the vines are farmed sustainably. The fruit is destemmed, then vinified with native yeasts over 40 days. Aged for 8 months, 40% in new French oak, the wine is juicy, supple and generous - featuring the drinkability Malbec is known for but the minerality, precision and freshness that have us looking at Argentinian wine with a renewed curiosity, and thirst.
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