93 pts Vinous April 2021
The 2019 Chardonnay Buscado Vivo o Muerto El Límite is unaged and hails from Las Pareditas, San Carlos. Golden yellow in the glass. The detailed nose features notes of hazelnut, pineapple, lemon zest and ginger over a bed of less-based aromas. The intense palate has good tension and concentration structured around the sharp acidity, making it powerful but also light on its feet. A pure expression of the variety.
Buscado Vivo o Muerto was born of the drive to produce unconventional wines. Wine exploring marginal, often forgotten terroirs. Vineyards with singular soils and unconventional varietals. The search was long, extensive, tireless, and often frustrating. It led them to the far southern Uco Valley in Las Pareditas and high in the Andean foothills to discover the subtleties of Gualtallary. They went in pursuit of something evasive, difficult to define. But Alejandro Sejonovich and Jeff Mausbach persevered – determined to find it, DEAD OR ALIVE.
Many years have passed since Alejandro Sejanovich first walked through these forgotten vineyards. Charged with the task of defining the different expressions and quality potential throughout the Uco Valley, he met the growers, studied the soils, observed the vines. Buscado Vivo o Muerto (Wanted Dead or Alive) is born out of this vast experience, showing different vineyards where Chardonnay expresses a sense of place.
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