In 2003, Walter Bressia made the bold decision to start his own tiny-production winery, after decades of consulting and working for larger wineries throughout Argentina. These decades of experience allowed Bressia to develop relationships with top growers in Argentina, who might not otherwise sell their grapes in the small quantities that he buys. After all, Bressia only produces about 25,000 bottles a year.
Bressia's decided to place his winery in Agrelo, Mendoza to be nearby the many high-quality grape growers in the area- known for its high daytime temperatures and cool nights. The new winery required an impressive initial investment, as Bressia is a firm believer in using the highest quality technology in winemaking. Bressia ferments in stainless steel, and the winery also features a brand new underground cave that houses its 256 barrels.
The Bressia Monteagrelo Malbec 2005 features grapes from three vineyards in Agrelo, ranging from 3,000 to 3,200 feet above sea level. Aged for 18 months in French and American oak, the wine is an inky purple red in color and offers black fruits such as cassis and plums on the nose balanced by chocolate, coffee and vanilla notes derived from oak aging. In the mouth this wine is full bodied and meaty with notes of ripe red fruit, cassis, toasted coffee and chocolate on the finish.
This wine cries out for meat; pair it with a good steak.