Barnes’ top picks from Daniel Pi

Decanter - - INTERVIEW -

Trapiche, Ter­roir Series, Finca El Tomillo Chardon­nay, Gual­tal­lary, Men­doza, Uco Val­ley 2017 94 £ 23 Car­ruthers & Kent,

Eno­tria& Daniel wine­mak­ing Pi’s Coe tal­ent reaches for white his ac­claimed Ter­roir Series. Flint, wet stones and laven­der flo­ral notes tease the nose, but the power is on the palate, which shows great ten­sion, vol­ume and length. A class-act Chardon­nay. Drink 2018-2025 Al­co­hol 14%

Trapiche, Costa y Pampa Al­bar­iño, Cha­pad­malal, Buenos Aires 2017 90 £ 16 Car­ruthers & Kent,

Eno­tria& Coe The and new­est first vin­tage ad­di­tion of – Al­bar­iño – from Trapiche’s pi­o­neer­ing coastal vine­yard is per­haps the most ex­cit­ing wine to emerge from it yet. Bright cit­rus and stone fruit notes are framed by a mouth­wa­ter­ing, sea-salt fin­ish. Drink 2018-2020 Alc 11%

Tres14, Im­per­fecto, Gual­tal­lary, Men­doza, Uco Val­ley 2012 95 £ 25 Car­ruthers & Kent,

Laith­waite’s Pi Caber­net first made Franc the and Is­cay Mal­bec blend in 2008, and his affin­ity for this part­ner­ship is clearly demon­strated in this wine, un­der his per­sonal la­bel. Made with just 3% Caber­net Franc in the blend, it has fleshy black fruit notes, pep­pery spice and a long, rolling fin­ish. Drink 2018-2025 Alc 15%

El Esteco, Chañar Punco, Calchaquí, Salta 2011 95 £40 Eno­tria& Coe

A with The blend ex­treme Caber­net of 84% ter­rain Sau­vi­gnon. Mal­bec (at 2,000m soils) comes alti­tude out in on the schist glass, with a palate that shows notes of wild dark fruit, smoked meat and se­duc­tive liquorice. This in­tense, al­most black, wine is just now hit­ting its stride. Pi planted this vine­yard, call­ing it ‘pure ter­roir’. Drink 2018-2024 Alc 15.5%

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