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Dona Paula - 1350 Red Blend 2016


  • Country: Argentina
  • Wine Region: Mendoza
  • Wine Maker: Stefano Gandolini
  • Grape: Cabernet Franc
  • Grape Percentage: Cabernet Franc 50 %, Malbec 45 %, Casavecchia 5 %
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.50
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2021
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 92 (2016) VS: 90 (2016) JR: 17 (2016) JS: 92 (2016) TA: 93 (2016)

Wine tasting notes

Cabernet Franc 50%, Malbec 45%, Casavecchia 5%. There are three varieties that make up this complex and balanced wine with an intense violet color. The Cabernet Franc provides very spicy and floral notes, while the Malbec gives notes of red fruits. It has a long finish on the palate, and is very persistent for its tannins. It is a very elegant blend with a great structure.

Winery Information

Dona Paula

Dona Paula is a leading, modern winery at the forefront of exploring and investing in new, high quality wine regions in Argentina. First established in 1997, they own all of their vineyards covering 700 hectares. These vineyard sites are located in the best sub-regions within Mendoza including Ugarteche, Altamira, Gualtallary and Tupungato. They practice sustainable methods in the vineyards, maximising the true expression of terroir. Their continuous innovation in terms of vineyard management.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2016)92 pts

The new 2016 1350 is another high-altitude red blend that, in this case, is sourced from their Alluvia Estate in Gualtallary. It is composed of 50% Cabernet Franc, 45% Malbec and 5% of Casavecchia, an ancient and obscure red variety from Campania I had never heard of before and had to look it up. The blend is 13.9% alcohol and has a highish pH and moderate acidity. The vines are 11 years old and yield 6,000 kilograms of grapes per hectare (low for Argentina). It fermented in small tanks and concrete eggs with neutral yeasts and then matured in French barriques (20% new) for 16 months. The Cabernet Franc and Malbec are very noticeable and complement each other, and the Casavecchia provides tannins, with notes of grapefruit. It's expressive and open, very attractive. It's a serious blend, and it certainly feels like a more expensive wine. It has a nice backbone.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2016)90 pts

Bright medium ruby. A bit more inky and medicinal on the nose than the 1100 Red Wine, offering scents of red- and blackcurrant, licorice, menthol and tobacco. Displays noteworthy density and sweetness, not to mention a solid impression of extract, lifted by calcaire minerality. This low-yielding vineyard (Fernandez noted that the Cabernet Franc vines produced just 2-1/2 tons per acre) reportedly got fully ripe without botrytis in '16. Finishes with very suave tannins, good grip and a light herbal quality that remains this side of green. The estate harvested their Cabernet Franc before their Malbec here, which is unusual. This wine could be served with venison. (2016)17 pts

Deep crimson. Really savoury dark fruit, dark with a touch of spice but also a very slight floral lift. The Cabernet Franc shows more on the palate in its herby freshness and definite but fine tannins, the Malbec rounding it out. I am not sure what the ancient Campanian variety Casavecchia adds but the overall effect is both richly fruited and fresh, with distinctive peppery and herbal freshness, opening up to a lovely scent. Excellent tannic finesse in a powerful but elegant wine with a mouth-watering finish. (JH)

James Suckling (2016)92 pts

A fragrant and sophisticated red with complex berry, spice and smoke aromas for the difficult 2016 vintage. The elegant tannins build nicely on the long finish.

Tim Atkin (2016)93 pts

The highest and the best of the three numerical releases from Doña Paula, this comes from Gaultallary and is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and 5% Casavecchia. It’s a serious, scented red with vibrant graphite and green herb aromas, chalky minerality and firm, ageworthy tannins. 2019-24

Vinification Notes

Doña Paula 1350 comes from 2 barracks (No10 and No7) of Finca Alluvia, Gualtallary, located at 1,350 meters above sea level. The soil is sandy, with alluvial and calcareous stones. The climate of the Uco Valley presents temperate days and cool nights, with a thermal amplitude of 12.5 ° C, and an average annual rainfall of 280 mm. The vines are planted in trellises, and they are watered with dripping water by dripping. The yield per hectare is 10 tons. At Doña Paula we have always managed our vineyards with sustainable agriculture practices.