The Pulenta family has been making wine in Argentina since 1912, briefly after they arrived from Italy. The third generation, brothers Hugo and Eduardo, started Pulenta Estate in 2002 to produce small lots of exceptional wines from two pioneering vineyards their father Antonio planted in the early 80’s and 90’s, one in Alto Agrelo in Luján de Cuyo and the other in Los Árboles, Valle de Uco. All wines are 100% estate farmed with specific vineyard management for each line. Harvesting decisions at Pulenta seek ripeness with no traces of greenness, and right before any jammy notes develop, with a focus on balance and elegance.
Owners: Eduardo & Hugo Pulenta
Region: Mendoza, Argentina
Vineyards: Plantings of estate vineyards, spearheaded by second generation Don Antonio Pulenta, began with Viñedos 'Don Antonio' in 1981 and later Finca 'La Zulema' in 1992.
Viñedos 'Don Antonio' - Located in Agua Amarga, Tunuyán, this vineyard was among the first to be planted in the higher-altitude growing region of Mendoza: Valle de Uco. Total surface area is 992 acres with 870 acres planted to vines at 1,200 meters ( 3,900 feet) elevation.
Finca 'La Zulema' - The second of the family's two estate vineyards, 'La Zulema' is located at the heart of Mendoza's premier growing region - Luján de Cuyo - in the town of Alto Agrelo. Vines are planted at an altitude of 980 meters (3,200 feet).
Grape Varieties: malbec, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, petit verdot, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinot gris
Lines: Pulenta Gran, Pulenta Estate, and La Flor
Pulenta Gran wines are the result of a distinctive winemaking style based on the combination of handwork and technology. The grapes come from select vineyard blocks from their Lujan de Cuyo and Valle de Uco vineyard locations. The wines: Gran Corte, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec
2014 Gran Malbec - 97pts James Suckling, 93pts Wine Enthusiast, 92 Wine Advocate
2013 Gran Corte - 93pts James Suckling, 92pts, Wine Enthusiast, 90pts Wine Spectator
2013 Gran Cabernet Franc - 95pts James Suckling, 93pts Wine Advocate, 92pts Wine Spectator
2013 Gran Cabernet Sauvignon - 2012v: 93pts James Suckling, 91+pts Wine Advocate, 91pts Vinous
The varietal wines of Pulenta Estate. Each roman numeral identifies a varietal or a blend produced with grapes from the estate vineyards in Alto Agrelo and Valle de Uco. The wines: Estate Sauvignon Blanc VI, Estate Pinot Gris XIV, Estate Chardonnay VII, Estate Malbec I, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon III
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The young wines by Pulenta Estate. Rich, lively wines with an emphasison bright fruit expression, bottled earlier and with a softer tannin structure for earlier enjoyment. The wines: Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec Rosé, Corte Joven, Malbec