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Paso a Paso



Valle de Uco - Argentina


The ‘Vino de Garage’ line from Paso a Paso is a reference to the good ol’ days when Norberto and Sebastién were making Malbec and Bonarda out of a friend’s garage. They have made huge strides since those days, circa 2008; they now have their very own ‘garage’ (read: cellar) in El Peral, just outside the quaint town of Tupungato. The fruit for this wine comes from Finca Mussaver in El Cepillo, San Carlos. This area, which is still in the greater Mendoza region, is south of Tupungato and is an unusual location to grow Bonarda because of the colder weather and elevation (about 3,600 ft. above sea level). This leads to a very long hang time and wonderful complexity. Bonus: this wine is certified organic!

The grapes were manually harvested and brought back to the cellar for spontaneous fermentation with 30% whole-clusters in concrete vats. After 7 days, the grapes were pressed and the wine went back into the same vats. Nine months later, the wine was bottled, without fining and just a gentle cross-flow filtration and small dosage of sulfur.


  • Grapes: 100% Malbec
  • Vineyard: Finca Mussaver (El Cepillo, San Carlos)
  • Vine Age: 85-years-old
  • Soil Type: Sandy loam with rocks interspersed
  • Viticulture: Certified organic
  • Fermentation: Native — concrete vats (30% whole cluster)
  • Skin Contact: 7 days
  • Aging: 9 months in concrete vats
  • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • pH: 3.73
  • Total Acidity: 5.9 g/L
  • Total SO2: 61 ppm
  • Total Production: 833 cases
  • UPC: 7798395160036

Tasting Notes

This is an original red wine that brings a curious style to Bonarda. It has a deep violet hue characteristic of the grape. On the nose, an aromatic palette unfolds, ranging from fresh fruit to herbaceous notes, with hints of spices and a smoky undertone. It has a sweet entry and vibrant acidity, with soft tannins. Great persistence and a spiced aftertaste.

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