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Sips of Summer:
Valle de Uco, Mendoza

Pepe Galante's First Family Project!

Jose “Pepe” Galante is widely considered the most important winemaker in Argentina's history. Chief winemaker at Catena Zapata from 1976 until 2010, Pepe showed the world that Argentina could make world-class wines. Puramun is Pepe's first-ever personal project owned by his family.

Puramun means “harvest” and "search" in Mendoza's indigenous Mapuche language. Each Puramun is a new challenge. A time for searching and finding. Nothing is the same, everything changes: the climate, the soil, the grapes, and even ourselves. Year after year we trek a new road, a labyrinth of grapevines that express through their precious fruit our devotion to the Valle de Uco terroir. Each Puramun bottle is the result of this passionate and endless search.

Puramun Malbec Reserva
The Puramun Malbec Reserva comes from vineyards in San Carlos and Tunuyán, Valle de Uco, Mendoza. Pepe Galante hand-crafts just 4,000 cases. The wine saw 12 months in 50% new and 50% second use French oak barrels.

92+ points ('15), Wine Advocate; 92 points ('14), Wine Enthusiast;
95 points ('13), Tim Atkin, MW:
“Pepe Galante is one of the best winemakers in Argentina, so it’s no surprise that the reds he produces under his own label are so impressive. This is a typically elegant, subtle Malbec with notes of red berry fruit, subtle spices, well integrated oak and silky, palate-caressing tannins.”
Label | Bottle Shot | Tech/Tasting Sheet | Shelftalkers | Case Card | Score History

Puramun Chardonnay Reserva
One of the wines that first showed the world Argentina could make outstanding wines was a 1990 Chardonnay by Pepe; with Puramun Pepe seeks an elegant and complex wine in a Burgundy style that yet expresses its Paraje Altamira terroir. Only 500 cases produced.

91 points ('17), Wine Advocate and Steven Tanzer;
93 points ('17), James Suckling;
96 points ('16), Tim Atkin, MW:
“Very few Argentinean winemakers are capable of making Chardonnays like this, but Pepe Galante is one of them. Using purchased grapes from Paraje Altamira, it’s a focused, aromatic, chalky delight that wouldn’t look out of place in a line up of Premier Cru Burgundies. Leesy, subtle and very long.”
Label | Bottle Shot | Tech/Tasting Sheet | Score History

Puramun Co-Fermented
A "Top Wine" of Argentina ('13), Wine Spectator.
67% Malbec and 33% Petit Verdot hand-picked together and co-fermented as a single lot, with 12 months in French oak barrels. The Petite Verdot added personality and firmness to the Malbec, which together created a serious wine with flavors of blue and dark fruits and a hint of minerality.
New Item; Only 200 Wooden Six Packs.
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