97 pts Vinous June 2021
The 2019 Chardonnay Buscado Vivo o Muerto La Verdad 100 from San Pablo, Tunuyán, was 20% aged in used barrels for 10 months. Yellowish green in the glass, this wine stands out for its herbal aromas: mountain aromatics alongside jarilla, green apple and a yeasty quality rounded off by hazelnut notes. Intense in the mouth with a terse texture, moderate fattiness and compact flow. The freshness takes over toward the end. Full of flavors arranged with clockwork precision and subtlety, this is a white to be wanted dead or alive. Drink: 2021-2027.
94 pts Tim Atkin MW 2021
(13.5%). La Verdad is the best of the Buscado Chardonnays in 2019, produced with grapes from a vineyard at 1,300 metres in increasingly trendy San Pablo. Subtly wooded, with some texture from partial malolactic fermentation, sappy citrus and tangerine fruit flavours and the freshness that’s a feature of the bodega’s wines. 2022-2026.
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.
Floral notes of honeysuckle and herbs with slightly creamy mouthfeel. Vibrant acidity and salty minerality on the finish.
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