Bressia
 Mendoza (Argentina)
http://www.bressiabodega.com/

The Estate
Walter Bressia, owner and winemaker, has been in the Argentine wine trade for almost 30 years.  He was the winemaker at Bodega Vistalba and Viniterra from 1998 to 2003.  His years of experience are evident in his wines.  Walter and his wife Marita, along with their children, daughter Marita and son Walter Jr, have been producing some of Argentina’s finest wines since 2003.
Walter’s concept involves the notion of “Vinos de Autor” (Author’s wines) or personalized high quality wines. Walter Bressia has 320 oak barrels, almost all new French and American oak (60% French, 40% American).


Mr. & Mrs. Bressia


Walter Bressia



Walter Bressia and daughter Marita



Bressia family

From left to right: brothers and sisters Antonella, Walter, Alvaro, Marita and husband Matias Dellacasa (and their little one Santiago)


Bressia family


The winery


Gold Medal - Hyatt Wine Awards 2008


The Vineyards
The vineyards measure 20 hectares (49.40 acres). The grapes planted are Malbec,  Cabernet Sauvignon,  Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. In the future, he plans to make a sparkling Malbec.

The Wines
 
[Lagrima Canela]

 
[Monteagrelo Chardonnay] - [Monteagrelo Cabernet Sauvignon] - [Monteagrelo Syrah] - [Monteagrelo Malbec] - [Monteagrelo Cabernet Franc]

 [Profundo] - [Conjuro]


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#AR1EE157033CHS
UPC code: 7 84585 01001 1
2011 Bressia, Lagrima Canela, Mendoza 6/750ml
“Lagrima canela” means “Cinnamon tear”.
Made from 70 % Chardonnay, 30 % Semillon. Barrel fermented for 14 months in new French and American oak.
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Light gold colored with a perfume of candle wax, pear, melon, and toasty oak, on the palate the wine is medium-bodied with well-integrated oak, dry flavors, a creamy texture, and outstanding depth and concentration.

#AR1EE157000CHS
UPC code: 7 84585 01001 1
2010 Bressia, Lagrima Canela, Mendoza 6/750ml
“Lagrima canela” means “Cinnamon tear”.
Made from 70 % Chardonnay, 30 % Semillon. Barrel fermented for 14 months in new French and American oak.
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Light gold colored with a perfume of candle wax, pear, melon, and toasty oak, on the palate the wine is medium-bodied with well-integrated oak, dry flavors, a creamy texture, and outstanding depth and concentration.

"(aged for 14 months in new barrels): Full, deep yellow-straw. Yellow fruit aromas are overshadowed by spicy, vanillin oak on the nose. Plush, rich and seamless, with a wave of peach and pear fruit carrying a strong spicy oak element. There's underlying shape here but I would love to see this fat blend of chardonnay and semillon done with a bit less new wood.-S.T."

- Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (March/April 2014),  87 pts

#AR1EE157018CHS
UPC code: 7 84585 01001 1
2009 Bressia, Lagrima Canela, Mendoza 6/750ml
“Lagrima canela” means “Cinnamon tear”.
Made from 70 % Chardonnay, 30 % Semillon. Barrel fermented
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"Walter Bressia is a celebrated for the quality of his red wines, but this is a very smart white wine. Chalky, creamy and toasty oaky, this is like a cross between a white Burgundy and a white Graves with some spice on the finish and complex fresh finish."
- Tim Atkin Master Wine (Argentina 2012 Special Report), 92pts

"Much more convincing is the 2009 Lagrima Canela, blend of Chardonnay and Semillon aged in oak barrels for 14 months. It has a lively Hunter Valley inspired bouquet of dried honey and grapefruit, the Semillon working well alongside the Chardonnay. The palate is well-balanced, with a slightly viscous honeyed entry, segueing into a peach and nectarine-driven middle and a waxy, lemon curd tinged finish that nods to the Southern Rhone. What an intriguing white! I will be interested to see how this ages. Drink now-2018."
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue 203, October 2012), 90 pts

#AR1EE157010CHS
UPC code: 7 84585 01001 1
2007 Bressia, Lagrima Canela, Mendoza 6/750ml
“Lagrima canela” means “Cinnamon tear”. Made from 70 % Chardonnay, 30 % Semillon. Barrel fermented.
"The Bressia portfolio contains one white wine, the 2007 Lagrima Canela, an intriguing blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Semillon aged for 14 months in new French and American oak. Light gold colored with a perfume of candle wax, pear, melon, and toasty oak, on the palate the wine is medium-bodied with well-integrated oak, dry flavors, a creamy texture, and outstanding depth and concentration. This nicely balanced effort is likely to drink well for another 4-5 years."
- Wine Advocate (Aug. 09), 91 pts


"A blend of Chardonnay (70%) and Semillon (30%), the Lagrima Canela reveals a yellow gold color with dried tropical fruit on the nose. It has light tropical fruit flavors and coconut on the palate with good acidity and a long finish. A uniquely flavorful wine."
- International Wine Review (Report#26 - April 2011), 90 points

#AR1EE157001CHS
UPC code: 7 84585 01001 1
2006 Bressia, Lagrima Canela, Mendoza 6/750ml
“Lagrima canela” means “Cinnamon tear”. Made from 70 % Chardonnay, 30 % Semillon. Barrel fermented. 233 cases produced

"The 2006 Lagrima Canela Chardonnay-Semillon spent 14 months in French and American. Light gold-colored, the nose reveals obvious barrel notes along with candle wax, apple, and citrus. The palate is smooth, the flavors concentrated, and the finish lengthy."
- Wine Advocate (Dec. 2008), 90 pts


National Retail price: $49.95 / bottle


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#AR1EE157032CHS
UPC code: 7 84585 01063 9
2011 Bressia, Monteagrelo, Chardonnay, Mendoza 6/750ml
Aged for 6 months in French and American oak barrels.
Intense aromas of tropical fruits, delicate citrus and floral notes. Well balanced, harmonious and elegant Fresh and long finish.

"The well-made 2011 Chardonnay Monteagrelo spent six months in a combination of French and American oak. Exhibiting notes of poached pears, honeysuckle, oranges and tangerines in a medium-bodied, fruity, subtly wooded style, it can be enjoyed over the next 1-2 years.

A new estate for me, Bodega Bressia-s proprietor, Walter Bressia, has been in the Argentine wine trade for nearly three decades. My favorite of Bressia-s three white wines, the 2010 Lagrima Canela ($50 a bottle) was too expensive to be included in this report, but it-s a killer wine. A barrel-fermented blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Semillon, it is a rich, textured, honeyed effort displaying notes of figs, melons, mangoes and other tropical fruits. I tasted two other Bressia wines that were priced too high for this report, the 2009 Profundo (50% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% each Merlot and Syrah); ($40.00; 92 points) and the prodigious 2009 Conjuro (50% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot); ($120.00; 96 points)."
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #208, August 2013), 87 pts


#AR1EE157016CHS
UPC code: 7 84585 01063 9
2008 Bressia, Monteagrelo, Chardonnay, Mendoza 6/750ml
Aged for 6 months in French and American oak barrels.
Intense aromas of tropical fruits, delicate citrus and floral notes. Well balanced, harmonious and elegant Fresh and long finish.

"Bressia’s latest set of offerings contains one white wine, the 2008 Chardonnay Monteagrelo. It received some oak aging revealing toasty white fruits, a hint of buttered popcorn, and tropical aromas. Concentrated on the palate with good balance, spicy fruit, and a pure finish, it will provide enjoyment over the next 2-3 years."

- Wine Advocate (Dec. 2010), 89 pts



National Retail price: $26.95 / bottle


 

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#AR0EE157027CSM
UPC code: 7 84585 01171 1
2010 Bressia, Monteagrelo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza 6/750ml
Aged in French and American oak barrels for 15 months.
Intense red color with purple tones.
Pepper, spice and red fruit aromas on the nose. Well balanced, ripe and harmonious. Full bodied and a great structure.

"Aged 15 months in a combination of American and French oak, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Monteagrelo is more backward than the 2011 Malbec. It possesses a dense ruby/purple color along with notes of creme de cassis, tobacco leaf, cigar smoke, spice and vanillin. Medium to full-bodied with light-to-moderate tannin, good density and richness, it should drink well for 6-8 more years.

A new estate for me, Bodega Bressia-s proprietor, Walter Bressia, has been in the Argentine wine trade for nearly three decades. My favorite of Bressia-s three white wines, the 2010 Lagrima Canela ($50 a bottle) was too expensive to be included in this report, but it-s a killer wine. A barrel-fermented blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Semillon, it is a rich, textured, honeyed effort displaying notes of figs, melons, mangoes and other tropical fruits. I tasted two other Bressia wines that were priced too high for this report, the 2009 Profundo (50% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% each Merlot and Syrah); ($40.00; 92 points) and the prodigious 2009 Conjuro (50% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot); ($120.00; 96 points)."
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #208, August 2013), 88+ pts


#AR0EE157025CSM
UPC code: 7 84585 01171 1
2009 Bressia, Monteagrelo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza 6/750ml
Aged in French and American oak barrels for 15 months.
Intense red color with purple tones.
Pepper, spice and red fruit aromas on the nose. Well balanced, ripe and harmonious. Full bodied and a great structure.

"The 2009 Monteagrelo Cabernet Sauvignon, from Lujan de Cuyo, is aged in French and American oak for 12 months. It has a very Old World, Left Bank bouquet with subtle herbaceous notes and very fine delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with tart red fruit and a fleshy, supple red currant and cranberry-tinged finish. This is very fine, although it offers short-term pleasure. Drink now-2015."
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue 203, October 2012), 88 pts


#AR0EE157020CSM
UPC code: 7 84585 01171 1
2008 Bressia, Monteagrelo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza 6/750ml
Aged in French and American oak barrels for 15 months.
Intense red color with purple tones.
Pepper, spice and red fruit aromas on the nose. Well balanced, ripe and harmonious. Full bodied and a great structure.

"Bressia's new releases begin with the purple-colored 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Monteagrelo, which spent 12 months in 20% new French oak. Made in an easygoing, smooth-textured style, it offers up plenty of succulent black currant and blackberry fruit, ample spice, and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. It will provide pleasure for another 5-6 years." 
- Wine Advocate (December 23rd 2011), 90pts

#AR0EE157013CSM
UPC code: 7 84585 01171 1
2007 Bressia, Monteagrelo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza 6/750ml
Aged in French and American oak barrels for 15 months.
Intense red color with purple tones.
Pepper, spice and red fruit aromas on the nose. Well balanced, ripe and harmonious. Full bodied and a great structure.


"Red-ruby. Varietally expressive aromas and flavors of redcurrant, mocha, licorice and tobacco leaf, with spicy and peppery nuances. Creamy and concentrated, but with bright acidity giving shape to the middle palate. Finishes with serious but suave tannins and very good length."
- Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Feb. 10),  89 pts

"The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Monteagrelo was aged in French and American oak for 15 months. Deep ruby red with purple overtones, it displays aromas of cedar, eucalyptus, pepper, and assorted black fruits. Made in an elegant style with a smooth texture and potential complexity, this tasty effort can be enjoyed now and over the next 6 years."
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Wine Advocate (Dec. 2010), 90 pts

"The Cabernet Sauvignon is a delicious wine. It is ripe and lush tasting with earth and red and black fruit flavors on the palate. It is soft, round and lush with a long savory finish."
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International Wine Review (Report#26 - April 2011), 90 points



National Retail price: $26.95 / bottle


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#AR0EE157024SYM
UPC code: 7 84585 01170 4
2009 Bressia, Monteagrelo, Syrah, Mendoza 6/750ml
Aged in French and American oak barrels for 15 months.
Intense red color. Spicy aromas, coffee and cinnamon notes. Delicate and well balanced. Good concentration, ample in the mouth, elegant flavors, harmonious and a long finish.

"The 2009 Monteagrelo Syrah has a gregarious, blueberry and boysenberry-scented bouquet with touches of mint and fennel. The palate is medium-bodied with sturdy tannins, plenty of earthy, mulberry and dark plum fruit and a structured finish that suggests this could age well over 5-6 years. Drink now-2018. "
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue 203, October 2012), 89 pts

"Bright ruby-red. Slightly reduced aromas of medicinal dark cherry, licorice and cocoa powder. Round, plump and nicely sweet, but with a youthfully medicinal quality keeping the flavors under wraps today. More broad than deep--and a rather polite style of syrah. Finishes with tongue-dusting, slightly dry tannins and good length."
Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Issue 167, March/April 2013),  88 pts

#AR0EE157017SYM
UPC code: 7 84585 01170 4
2008 Bressia, Monteagrelo, Syrah, Mendoza 6/750ml
Aged in French and American oak barrels for 15 months.
Intense red color. Spicy aromas, coffee and cinnamon notes. Delicate and well balanced. Good concentration, ample in the mouth, elegant flavors, harmonious and a long finish.

"This isn't quite up top the remarkable standards of Walter Bressia's other top reds, but it's still a pretty serious Syrah. As ever, the emphasis is on balance and freshness rather than over-ripe fruit, with sweet tannins and good acidity, but there's just a hint of bitterness on the finish."
- Tim Atkin Master Wine (Argentina 2012 Special Report), 91pts

"The 2008 Syrah Monteagrelo was aged in French and American oak for 15 months. Notions of sandalwood, lavender, smoked meat, and blueberry lead to an elegant style of Syrah with a smooth texture, good depth, and a seamless finish. Drink it over the next 6-8 years."
- Wine Advocate (December 23rd 2011), 90pts

"This opens with red fruit aromas that are wrapped around earth and leather scents, yielding a rustic whole. It feels snappy, with red fruit acidity leading to a gritty, lively palate, with flavors of brown sugar, red pepper, plum and raspberry. Long on the finish but short on texture. — M.S. (8/1/2012)"
- Wine Enthusiast (August 1st 2012), 87pts

#AR0EE157012SYM
UPC code: 7 84585 01170 4
2007 Bressia, Monteagrelo, Syrah, Mendoza 6/750ml
Aged in French and American oak barrels for 15 months.
Intense red color. Spicy aromas, coffee and cinnamon notes. Delicate and well balanced. Good concentration, ample in the mouth, elegant flavors, harmonious and a long finish.

"Bright ruby-red. Rather tight on the nose, hinting at black fruits, licorice and smoky oak. Then broad and moderately sweet on the palate, with nicely rich, pliant flavors of blackberry and licorice."
Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Feb. 10),  88 pts

"The red wines begin with the 2007 Monteagrelo Syrah, Bressia’s first vintage of Syrah. It spent 12 months in a mix of new and used French and American oak. Deep purple-colored, it offers up an alluring perfume of cedar, leather, pepper, game, and blueberry. Surprisingly elegant on the palate, it has plenty of ripe black and blue fruit, spicy, savory flavors, a plush texture, good depth, and a fruit-filled finish. This nicely balanced effort will evolve for 2-3 years and offer prime drinking from 2011 to 2019."
- Wine Advocate (Aug. 09), 90 pts


"The 2007 Monteagrelo Syrah exhibits lovely ripe black and red fruit, spice and oak aromas. It has a soft attack of ripe blue and black fruit flavors. It’s a delicious wine with good fl avors. Drink up in the next couple of years."
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International Wine Review (Report#26 - April 2011), 90 points



National Retail price: $26.95 / bottle



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#AR0EE1570--MBM
UPC code: 7 84585 00108 8
2011 Bressia, Monteagrelo, Malbec, Mendoza 6/750ml
Aged in French oak barrels. No filtration and no fining.  This wine is a blend from five parcels.
Monteagrelo Malbec is an attractive and intense red colored wine with purple tones.
It exhibits ripe red and black fruit aromas mixed with vanilla, chocolate and coffee nuances. Good concentration, great structure, delicate tannins, and a long, harmonious finish

"The outstanding 2011 Malbec Monteagrelo was aged in French oak and bottled without fining or filtration. Its dark purple color is followed by notes of chocolate, espresso, blackberries and black raspberries. Medium to full-bodied with excellent concentration, sweet tannin and an impressive finish, it should drink well for 5-7 years.

A new estate for me, Bodega Bressia-s proprietor, Walter Bressia, has been in the Argentine wine trade for nearly three decades. My favorite of Bressia-s three white wines, the 2010 Lagrima Canela ($50 a bottle) was too expensive to be included in this report, but it-s a killer wine. A barrel-fermented blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Semillon, it is a rich, textured, honeyed effort displaying notes of figs, melons, mangoes and other tropical fruits. I tasted two other Bressia wines that were priced too high for this report, the 2009 Profundo (50% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% each Merlot and Syrah); ($40.00; 92 points) and the prodigious 2009 Conjuro (50% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot); ($120.00; 96 points).
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #208, August 2013), 90 pts

"(14.5% alcohol): Dark, bright red. Spicy dark berries, licorice and menthol on the nose, plus some nutty oak. Fine-grained and smooth, with good cut and modest sweetness to the flavors of red berries and warm spices. Finishes classically dry and persistent, with dusty tannins, a lightly herbal quality and a touch of warmth.-S.T."
- Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (March/April 2014),  88 pts

#AR0EE157026MBM
UPC code: 7 84585 00108 8
2010 Bressia, Monteagrelo, Malbec, Mendoza 6/750ml
Aged in French oak barrels. No filtration and no fining.  This wine is a blend from five parcels.
Monteagrelo Malbec is an attractive and intense red colored wine with purple tones.
It exhibits ripe red and black fruit aromas mixed with vanilla, chocolate and coffee nuances. Good concentration, great structure, delicate tannins, and a long, harmonious finish

"Saturated, bright ruby-red. Aromas of black raspberry, roast coffee, fig, licorice, mocha and musky oak. Plush, pliant and sweet, with seductive berry, coffee, spicecake and tobacco flavors complicated by smoke and game nuances. Finishes with sweet tannins, a whiff of herbs and sneaky persistence."
Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Issue 167, March/April 2013),  88 pts

#AR0EE157021MBM
UPC code: 7 84585 00108 8
2009 Bressia, Monteagrelo, Malbec, Mendoza 6/750ml
Aged in French oak barrels. No filtration and no fining.  This wine is a blend from five parcels.

Monteagrelo Malbec is an attractive and intense red colored wine with purple tones.
It exhibits ripe red and black fruit aromas mixed with vanilla, chocolate and coffee nuances. Good concentration, great structure, delicate tannins, and a long, harmonious finish

#AR0EE157016MBM
UPC code: 7 84585 00108 8
2008 Bressia, Monteagrelo, Malbec, Mendoza 6/750ml
Aged in French oak barrels. No filtration and no fining.  This wine is a blend from five parcels.

Monteagrelo Malbec is an attractive and intense red colored wine with purple tones.
It exhibits ripe red and black fruit aromas mixed with vanilla, chocolate and coffee nuances. Good concentration, great structure, delicate tannins, and a long, harmonious finish

"In a country where a lot of wines taste as if they are trying too hard to please, this is an effortless, low key wine from one of the most experienced oenologists in the country. Harmonious, elegant and complex, with silky tannins and flavors that owe as much to Pinot noir as they do to Malbec"
- Tim Atkin Master Wine (Argentina 2012 Special Report), 96pts

"The 2008 Malbec Monteagrelo is a sweetly-fruited, layered, plush, bordering on opulent, expression of Malbec that offers up an enticing nose of exotic spices and excellent depth of flavor. Give it 2-3 years to develop some complexity and drink it through 2021."
- Wine Advocate (December 23rd 2011), 91pts

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UPC code: 7 84585 00108 8
2007 Bressia, Monteagrelo, Malbec, Mendoza 6/750ml
."Bright ruby-red. Aromas of blackberry, blueberry, pepper, leather and sandalwood, with notes of smoke and meat that reminded me of syrah. Dense, layered wine with a pliant texture and ripe acidity to frame the berry flavors. Comes across as sweeter than the cabernet but not at all roasted. Good stuffing here. "
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Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Feb. 10)89 pts


"The 2007 Malbec Monteagrelo was blended from 5 parcels and bottled without fining or filtration. It delivers an alluring nose of cedar, Asian spices, black raspberry, and black cherry. On the palate a hint of white truffle and other earth notes emerge to provide complexity. This mouth-filling effort will evolve for 2-3 years and provide enjoyment from 2012 to 2022."
- Wine Advocate (Dec. 2010), 90 pts


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UPC code: 7 84585 00108 8
2006 Bressia, Monteagrelo, Malbec, Mendoza 6/750ml
Aged in French oak barrels. No filtration and no fining.  This wine is a blend from five parcels.

"Bright red-ruby. Exotic aromas of musky red fruits, espresso, smoke, leather, game and pepper; I would have picked this blind as syrah-or mourvedre. Then elegant and complex in the mouth, with flavors of berries, leather, pepper, dried herbs, spices and minerals nicely framed by fresh acidity. A sharply delineated and grown-up wine, finishing with sweet tannins and very good length."
- Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Jan. 09),  90 pts


"One of my favorite Malbecs from Mendoza. It is full-bodied, juicy, and a blend from three vineyards in Agrelo and Lujan de Cuyo (closer to the city). This is a concentrated wine with an inky purplish color. It has a very sensual nose full of mocha and vanilla scents and black plums. In the mouth, it has presence, this is not a wimpy wine, definitely tannins happening here. But it is smooth, elegant. An image of a powerful, beautiful woman dressed in a flowing gala dress appears to me, which I think embodies its personality of strength, charisma, and finesse. I am all over the cassis flavors in this wine too. After having drunk a couple bottles of this on different occasions, it is one of those wines that the decanter is empty and you think, “how’d that happen so Fast?”  And this wine is a steal at about US$27.
http://eatwineblog.com/2009/09/22/mature-wines-bodega-bressia/


2005 Bressia, Monteagrelo, Malbec, Mendoza 6/750ml
"The 2005 Malbec Monteagrelo was sourced from five parcels, aged in French oak, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Deep crimson-colored, it has an expressive nose of cedar, tobacco, coffee, black currant and black cherry. This leads to a smooth-textured, seamless wine with superior depth, ripe flavors, and a forward personality. Drink this outstanding value in Malbec over the next 5-7 years."
- Wine Advocate (Dec. 2007), 91 pts

National Retail price: $26.95 / bottle


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UPC code: 7 84585 01395 1
2011 Bressia, Monteagrelo, Cabernet Franc Mendoza 6/750ml
Aged in French and American oak barrels for 15 months. No filtration and no fining. 

Monteagrelo Cabernet Franc has beautiful ruby red with purple highlights.
It displays aromas of ripe red berries with a nice wood smoke complexity, thanks to the ageing in French oak barrels. The wine has a very good structure, but the tannins are still quite round and integrated. The finish is very long and will allow the wine to be consumed with food, such as grilled meat or cheese.

"(aged for 12 months in French and American oak): Good dark red. Lively scents of blackberry, violet and licorice lifted by aromatic spices. A savory, spicy midweight with a restrained sweetness to its flavors of blackberry and flowers. Not a thick wine but boasts very good vinosity and ripe, harmonious acidity. A bit minty in a positive way. Finishes seamless and perfumed, with smooth tannins.-S.T."
- Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (March/April 2014),  89 pts


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UPC code: 7 84585 01395 1
2010 Bressia, Monteagrelo, Cabernet Franc Mendoza 6/750ml
Aged in French and American oak barrels for 15 months. No filtration and no fining. 

Monteagrelo Cabernet Franc has beautiful ruby red with purple highlights.
It displays aromas of ripe red berries with a nice wood smoke complexity, thanks to the ageing in French oak barrels. The wine has a very good structure, but the tannins are still quite round and integrated. The finish is very long and will allow the wine to be consumed with food, such as grilled meat or cheese.


"The 2010 Monteagrelo Cabernet Franc does not shy away from expressing the grape variety on the nose, with those lovely bell pepper notes augmenting the rustic black fruit profile. The palate is well-balanced with crisp acidity, vibrant red berry fruit and a nicely composed Loire-meets-Argentina finish. This is a superb take on the grape variety – bravo! Drink now-2018."
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue 203, October 2012), 92 pts

"Good ruby-red. Blueberry, licorice, mocha and coffee bean on the nose, plus a whiff of roasted herbs. Slightly wild in a positive way, with dark fruit flavors complicated by smoky minerality and a saline element. Plump, fine-grained, silky wine, finishing with smooth tannins. Already very easy to drink."
Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Issue 167, March/April 2013),  89 pts

#AR0EE157019CFM
UPC code: 7 84585 01395 1
2009 Bressia, Monteagrelo, Cabernet Franc Mendoza 6/750ml
Aged in French and American oak barrels for 15 months. No filtration and no fining. 

Monteagrelo Cabernet Franc has beautiful ruby red with purple highlights.
It displays aromas of ripe red berries with a nice wood smoke complexity, thanks to the ageing in French oak barrels. The wine has a very good structure, but the tannins are still quite round and integrated. The finish is very long and will allow the wine to be consumed with food, such as grilled meat or cheese.


Production in 2009: 2000 bottles

"Dark red. Sexy, complex nose offers red- and blackcurrant, fresh herbs, flowers, coffee bean, milk chocolate and licorice; distinctly claret-like.
Lively acidity gives energy and lift to the redcurrant and spice flavors. At once intense and pliant, with nothing forced about it. Finishes very long and lively, with smooth tannins and lingering notes of currant, flowers and herbs. As good a cabernet franc bottling as I've yet tasted from Argentina."
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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2012), 91 pts

"This is one of Walter Bressia’s better wines under his Monteagrelo label. It opens with spicy, peppery aromas that include cherry and berry scents. The palate is tannic, with cassis, plum, basil, oregano and spice flavors. This finishes long, with notes of coffee and chocolate entering the picture. — M.S. (8/1/2012)"
- Wine Enthusiast (August 1st 2012), 90pts


National Retail price:
$27.00 / bottle


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#AR0EE157034BLL
UPC code: 7 84585 01002 8
2009 Bressia, Profundo, Mendoza 6/750ml
50% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 10% Syrah.
Aged for 10 months in French and American oak barrels (first and second use).
Intense red color with purple tones. Delicate strawberry, blackberry aromas interwined with chocolate, tobacco, dulce de leche and vanilla nuances. Harmonious and elegant in the mouth, and a long finish.

"A new estate for me, Bodega Bressia-s proprietor, Walter Bressia, has been in the Argentine wine trade for nearly three decades. My favorite of Bressia-s three white wines, the 2010 Lagrima Canela ($50 a bottle) was too expensive to be included in this report, but it-s a killer wine. A barrel-fermented blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Semillon, it is a rich, textured, honeyed effort displaying notes of figs, melons, mangoes and other tropical fruits. I tasted two other Bressia wines that were priced too high for this report, the 2009 Profundo (50% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% each Merlot and Syrah); ($40.00; 92 points) and the prodigious 2009 Conjuro (50% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot); ($120.00; 96 points). "
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #208, August 2013), 92 pts

"(14.5% alcohol; 50% malbec, 30% cabernet sauvignon and 10% each merlot and syrah): Good bright, dark red. Aromas of black plum and licorice pastille, along with musky oaky torrefaction notes of coffee and chocolate. Fresh, juicy and a bit youthfully imploded, but with enough underlying flavor intensity to support its oak treatment. Finishes classically dry, with very good length and a sweet dusting of tannins. This may yet merit an outstanding rating.-S.T."
- Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (March/April 2014), 89+ pts


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UPC code: 7 84585 01002 8
2008 Bressia, Profundo, Mendoza 6/750ml
Aged for 10 months in French and American oak barrels (first and second use).
Intense red color with purple tones. Delicate strawberry, blackberry aromas interwined with chocolate, tobacco, dulce de leche and vanilla nuances. Harmonious and elegant in the mouth, and a long finish.

"The 2008 Bressia Profundo is initially muted on the nose, demanding coaxing from the glass. It eventually offers blackberry, briary, crushed stone and a touch of iodine. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly chewy tannins. There is decent structure here, the wine remaining poised and focused with firm backbone from start to finish. Tightly coiled now, give this wine three years in bottle to see it strut its stuff. Drink 2015-2023. - NM"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue 203, October 2012), 92 pts

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(50% malbec, 30% cabernet sauvignon and 10% each merlot and syrah): Slightly reduced aromas of blackberry, licorice, smoked meat and violet. Sweet, musky and seamless if still a bit youthfully reduced, with nicely integrated acidity giving shape to the middle palate. Finishes broad and suave, with sophisticated tannins, a lightly saline quality and very good length. This needs a couple years of patience."
Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Issue 167, March/April 2013),  90 pts


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UPC code: 7 84585 01002 8
2007 Bressia, Profundo, Mendoza 6/750ml
Aged for 10 months in French and American oak barrels (first and second use).
Intense red color with purple tones. Delicate strawberry, blackberry aromas interwined with chocolate, tobacco, dulce de leche and vanilla nuances. Harmonious and elegant in the mouth, and a long finish.

"The 2007 Bressia Profundo is a blend of 50% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 10% Syrah aged in French oak for 12 months. It has a muted nose that takes time to unfurl, eventually offering blackberry, cassis and undergrowth aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe, “solid” tannins that lend this the backbone it needs to carry the weight of succulent brambly red berry fruit. It has wonderful precision and focus towards the finish, with beautifully integrated oak. This is a classy Argentinean blend. Drink 2013-2020. - NM"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue 203, October 2012), 92 pts

"The 2007 Profundo is a blend of 50% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the balance Merlot and Syrah aged in 50% new French and American oak for 12 months. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it surrenders a slightly reticent bouquet of wood smoke, exotic spices, floral notes, incense, and assorted black fruits. Layered and plush on the palate, with some complexity, this concentrated offering has enough structure to evolve for another 2-3 years and will be at its best from 2013 to 2022.
- JM"
- Wine Advocate (December 23rd 2011), 91pts

"(50% malbec, 30% cabernet sauvignon and 10% each merlot and syrah): Bright red-ruby. Aromas of redcurrant, raspberry and flowers complemented by sexy French oak. Suave, pliant and scented; in a distinctly floral, elegant style. Flavors of red fruits, spices and flowers are given very good definition by nicely integrated acidity. Finishes dry, classic, firmly tannic and long. This wine originally merited an even higher score but I marked it down for a building element of coconutty oak."
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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2012), 91 pts

"Compared to the 2006, this is a more reductive and closed, but maybe it just needs some time in the bottle (or air in a decanter) to open up. The tannins are firmer here, but the structure and balance are still impressive."
- Tim Atkin Master Wine (Argentina 2012 Special Report), 91pts


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UPC code: 7 84585 01002 8
2006 Bressia, Profundo, Mendoza 6/750ml
Aged for 10 months in French and American oak barrels (first and second use).
Intense red color with purple tones. Delicate strawberry, blackberry aromas interwined with chocolate, tobacco, dulce de leche and vanilla nuances. Harmonious and elegant in the mouth, and a long finish.

"Walter Bressia only made 666 cases of this, there's nothing diabolical about it. It's a very subtle blend of four grapes, made to last, but with freshness and nuance. The tannins and fruit are beautifully intertwined, with spice, subtle oak and lovely texture."
- Tim Atkin Master Wine (Argentina 2012 Special Report), 95pts

"
The 2006 Profundo is a blend of 50% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the balance Syrah and Merlot aged for 10 months in French and American oak. Aromas of spice box, chocolate, tobacco, black cherry, and lavender lead to a succulent wine that skillfully combines elegance and power. Concentrated, well-balanced, and ripe, this succulent offering will be in its prime from 2012 to 2021."
- Wine Advocate (Dec. 2010), 92 pts

"(a blend of 50% malbec, 30% cabernet sauvignon and 10% each merlot and syrah) Bright ruby-red. Super-ripe aromas of cherry compote, cola and vanilla. Round and sweet, with ripe currant, cherry, mocha and nutty, caramelly oak flavors verging on jammy. Finishes with sweet tannins. A mouthfilling wine."
- Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Jan. 09)89 pts


"This wine is all about complexity. The concentration and nose of this wine is just awesome. Made from 50% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and the spicy addition of 10% Syrah, the nose of this wine is seductive and rich. Lush, perhaps is the best description. It reminds me of a blackberry patch with something slightly herbaceous and an earthy sweet note like vanilla bean. In the mouth, it is a chewy wine but that finesse (Walter’s mano, style) is ever present. The wine undresses itself as it breathes. I think it is best to open it, try it, decant it. Drink it slowly, preferably with somebody whose company you love and will appreciate it. Very memorable–and only a few hundred cases made. Worth seeking out (we have one left in our cellar, yeah!)."
http://eatwineblog.com/2009/09/22/mature-wines-bodega-bressia/

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UPC code: 7 84585 00107 1
2005 Bressia, Profundo, Mendoza 6/750ml
Made from 50% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10 % Syrah. 666 cases produced. Aged in French and American oak. Super premium Argentine blend.

 

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2004 Bressia, Profundo, Mendoza 6/750ml
"The 2004 Profundo is composed of 50% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and 10% Syrah and was aged in French and American oak. Purple/black in color, it reveals notes of wood smoke, pencil lead, black currants, and blueberry. On the palate it is medium to full-bodied with layers of spicy dark fruits, intense flavors, nicely concealed tannin, and a 45-second finish. It will evolve for several years and drink well through 2020.
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- Wine Advocate (Dec. 2007), 92 pts


National Retail price:
$39.95 / bottle


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UPC code: 7 84585 00982 4
2009 Bressia, Conjuro, Mendoza 6/750ml
100% Tupangato Region. Made from 50% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Merlot. 200 cases produced. Aged in 70% French oak (Taransaud, Mistral, and Radoux), and 30% American oak.

"A new estate for me, Bodega Bressia-s proprietor, Walter Bressia, has been in the Argentine wine trade for nearly three decades. My favorite of Bressia-s three white wines, the 2010 Lagrima Canela ($50 a bottle) was too expensive to be included in this report, but it-s a killer wine. A barrel-fermented blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Semillon, it is a rich, textured, honeyed effort displaying notes of figs, melons, mangoes and other tropical fruits. I tasted two other Bressia wines that were priced too high for this report, the 2009 Profundo (50% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% each Merlot and Syrah); ($40.00; 92 points) and the prodigious 2009 Conjuro (50% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot); ($120.00; 96 points). "
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #208, August 2013), 96 pts

"(14.5% alcohol; 50% malbec, 30% cabernet sauvignon and 20% merlot; aged for 18 months in new French oak): Bright medium red-ruby. Aromas of currant, graphite and licorice complemented by exotic oak notes of chocolate, mocha, toffee and vanilla. Broad and rich but quite dry, delivering a major wave of glyceral fruit. The substantial tannins dust the roof of the mouth on the finish, which hints at herbs and chocolate. I wanted a bit more sweetness and complexity but this wine carries its oak a bit more lightly than the 2009 Profundo.-S.T."
- Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (March/April 2014), 90 pts


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UPC code: 7 84585 00982 4
2008 Bressia, Conjuro, Mendoza 6/750ml
100% Tupangato Region. Made from 50% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Merlot. 200 cases produced. Aged in 70% French oak (Taransaud, Mistral, and Radoux), and 30% American oak.

"The 2008 Conjuro has a lifted, opulent bouquet of macerated red cherries, raspberry and wild strawberry that is very well-defined and seductive. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, succulent red fruit, seamlessly integrated oak and a supple, harmonious, elegant finish. Drink 2013-2025. - NM"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue 203, October 2012), 93 pts"

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(50% malbec, 30% cabernet sauvignon and 20% merlot): Saturated ruby. Superripe, almost porty black fruits on the nose. Rich, tactile and saline in the mouth, showing more sweetness than energy and definition. Impressively lush but also very ripe and a bit aggressive. Where can this wine go in bottle?"
Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Issue 167, March/April 2013),  89? pts


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UPC code: 7 84585 00982 4
2007 Bressia, Conjuro, Mendoza 6/750ml
100% Tupangato Region. Made from 50% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Merlot. 200 cases produced. Aged in 70% French oak (Taransaud, Mistral, and Radoux), and 30% American oak.

"The 2007 Conjuro is a blend of 50% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot from Gualtallary in the Tupungato Valley that is aged in Taransaud oak for 18 months. It has a superb bouquet of blackberry, briary, freshly tilled soil and cedar, it is wonderful defined and fresh, yet powerful and convincing. The palate is full-bodied with supple black fruit, supremely well-integrated oak and a harmonious, powerful, yet feminine finish that will need a couple more years to fully absorb the wood. Everything here is perfectly in sync – what an outstanding wine. Drink 2013-2020+ - NM"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue 203, October 2012), 94 pts"

"The 2007 Conjuro is composed of 50% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Merlot aged for 18 months in new French and American oak. Purple/black in color with an alluring aromatic array of sandalwood, leather, floral notes, Asian spices, incense, black cherry, and blackberry, on the palate it exhibits incipient complexity, 4-5 years of aging potential, and exceptional length. It offers a drinking window extending from 2015 to 2027
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Wine Advocate (December 23rd 2011), 93pts

"Dry and balsamic on the bouquet, with earthy, mellow berry aromas that do not push. In the mouth, it comes across charred and roasted, with baked, chocolaty, leafy accents on top of core red fruit flavors. Turns more leafy and charred as it unfolds, with a forward finish. Malbec with Cab Sauvignon and Merlot. — M.S. (3/1/2012)"
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Wine Enthusiast (Online Exclusive 2012), 89 pts

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UPC code: 7 84585 00982 4
2006 Bressia, Conjuro, Mendoza 6/750ml
100% Tupangato Region. Made from 50% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Merlot. 200 cases produced. Aged in 70% French oak (Taransaud, Mistral, and Radoux), and 30% American oak.

"(50% malbec, 30% cabernet sauvignon and 20% merlot) Good full medium ruby. Wild, smoky aromas of blackberry, licorice, leather and flowers; I would have guessed this had some syrah. Broad, lush and seamless, with a captivating restrained sweetness to the soil-driven flavors of dark berries, flowers and licorice. This big boy boasts a wonderfully fine-grained texture and expands impressively to fill the mouth. A suave and tactile blend, with no heaviness. Finishes very long, with supple tannins that will not get in the way of enjoying this wine now. "
Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Feb. 10), 92 pts

"The 2006 Conjuro is a blend of 50% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Merlot aged in French and American oak. Purple in color with a brooding bouquet of pain grille, pencil lead, exotic spices, incense, black cherry, and black currant, on the palate this burly effort has excellent density, good power combined with some elegance, and a pure, fruit-filled lengthy finish. Give it 3-4 years of additional bottle age and drink it from 2013 to 2026."
- Wine Advocate (Dec. 2010), 93 pts

"The 2006 Conjuro is a dark ruby blend of Malbec (50%), Cabernet Sauvignon (30%), and Merlot (20%). It offers aromas of red and black fruit and toast. Followed by black currant, graphite, and plum on the palate, it has an elegant mouth feel with a long dry finish."
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International Wine Review (Report#26 - April 2011), 90 points



"The top wine at Walter Bressia's family estate is another very subtle red. It's European in style; complex, minerally and pure with freshness, refined tannins and well-integrated oak. A winemaker who dares to be different in Argentina"
- Tim Atkin Master Wine (Argentina 2012 Special Report), 95pts

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UPC code: 7 84585 00982 4
2005 Bressia, Conjuro, Mendoza 6/750ml
100% Tupangato Region. Made from 50% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Merlot. 200 cases produced. Aged in 70% French oak (Taransaud, Mistral, and Radoux), and 30% American oak.

"(50% malbec, 30% cabernet sauvignon and 20% merlot) Bright ruby-red. Very ripe aromas of cassis, blueberry, graphite, minerals, smoke and nuts. Quite broad on the palate but also suave and weightless, with a lovely light touch to the flavors of berries, plum, spicecake, leather and chocolate. This big but stylish and uncompromisingly dry wine finishes with very fine-grained tannins."
- Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Jan. 09),91 pts

“Dense, but nicely rounded and well-integrated, with hints of mesquite and fruitcake mingling with dark plum and blackberry fruit. Long and lush through the finish, while staying focused and pure. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now through 2011.”

- Wine Spectator's Insider (March 09), 92 pts

2004 Bressia, Conjuro, Mendoza 6/750ml
"The 2004 Conjuro is a blend of 50% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Merlot from the Tupungata region of Mendoza and was aged in French and American oak. Inky purple, it offers an impressive bouquet of pain grille, mineral, scorched earth, black currant, and blackberry liqueur. Full-bodied, dense, and brooding, the wine has gobs of flavor, ripe tannins, and a long, pure finish. It will profit from an additional 8-10 years in the cellar and should drink well through 2040."
- Wine Advocate (Dec. 2007), 94 pts

National Retail price: $119.95 / bottle