Despite Bodega Garzón being a very young winery, founded in 2016 by international vintner, Alejandro P. Bulgheroni, it has quickly earned the reputation as a pioneer in winemaking innovation, varietal experimentation, modern technology and sustainability in Uruguay. Located in the town of Garzón in the coastal province of Maldonado, just 11 miles inland from the Atlantic, Bodega Garzón’s 550 acres of vineyards benefit from moderating maritime breezes. Although focused primarily on Tannat, Uruguay’s prized grape, the winery also grows Albariño, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Pinot Grigio, Petite Manseng, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Marseland and Caladoc. Rocky hillsides with gently sloping aspects combined with mineral-intense, well-draining, ancient ballast soils yield exceptionally high-quality fruit; thanks to the oversight of talented consulting winemaker, Alberto Antonino of Antinori and Frescobaldi fame, the grapes are translated into pure and restrained expressions in the extensive Bodega Garzón portfolio. The state-of-the-art gravity flow winery is the first LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified winery outside North America, fashioned for energy efficiency, reduced water consumption and low emissions. The Bodega Garzón wines have not only turned our heads, but just last year, the winery was awarded ‘New World Winery of the Year’ by Wine Enthusiast Magazine!
This cool-climate, Pinot Noir Rosé comes to us from a fairly young winery that is rapidly raising the bar for high quality, distinct wines in Uruguay. The ancient ballast soils on which the vines grow in this coastal region just 11 miles inland from the Atlantic lend a distinct minerality to the wine’s fragrance which also showcases aromas of watermelon, ruby red grapefruit peel and Ranier cherry. Time spent on the lees in stainless steel tank contributes a creamy texture which is accentuated by notes of strawberry shortcake, honeydew melon and a faint whisper of cotton candy. Despite its creamy character and slightly sweeter flavors on the mid-palate, a fresh and lively acidity provides beautiful poise and a crisp finish. Enjoy this one on its own or with something of the sea such as tuna carpaccio or roasted salmon.