Ciclos was born as the expression of Cafayate's unique microclimate where two climates live together in perfect harmony.
Terroir: Ciclos is produced from Malbec and Merlot grapes grown high in the Andes from some of Bodega El Esteco's highest elevation vineyards sitting above 5,000 feet. The grapes ripen perfectly in the endless daylight sun and rest after sunset as the temperature plummets up to 40 degrees from it's daytime high. This dry climate is ideal for viticulture and allows the estate to practice earth friendly, organic farming across the majority of its vineyards.
Vinification: Grapes are hand-harvested and sorted upon arrival at the winery followed by a long, cool maceration and primary fermentation in tank. The wines are aged for 15 months in a combination of French and American oak prior to final blending and bottling.
"The 2012 Ciclos is deep red in color with a nose of ripe berry fruit laced with balanced vanilla oak. The wine is full-bodied and driven by sweet berry jam, and spice."
Score: 90 PointsDecanter Date: Friday, January 1, 2016
Lifted notes of tangerine and black fruits. Ripe, juicy and generous and also shows a tight-knit structure and a mineral edge that will allow it to become more complex with time.
Score: 91 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Luis Gutierrez
Produced as a 50/50 blend of Malbec and Merlot, the 2012 Ciclos Icono matured in French and American oak barrels for 15 months. There are some charred aromas and notes of ripe fruit and Mediterranean herbs (esparto grass). The palate is medium-bodied but it fills the mouth quite well with fine tannins and balanced acidity.
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