Uco Valley - the place of origin

Vinos de La Luz, a winegrowing group with its own production wineries offering unique quality in the outstanding regions of the old and new worlds. One of its wineries – La Luz del Vino – is located in Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina. This is the place where Vinos de LA LUZ first took root and now the brand CALLEJÓN DEL CRIMEN comes from. The highest altitude of the hills, where the vines protected by the endless mountain are grown, is around 1500 metres. The vineyards of Vinos de LA LUZ are the oldest in the Uco Valley. The identity of its terroirs makes Callejón del Crimen wine unique and unrepeatable.

In the DNA of Vinos de LA LUZ

Malbec is a fresh, elegant, really nice and almost sexy variety that can give a lot of pleasure. Malbec has a lot of different expressions: it could be complex, it could be almost intellectual, or it could express simplicity and a straightforward message. These wines are in the company’s DNA; they are Vinos de LA LUZ fingerprint that is trying to let the terroir express itself. They are messages that the terroir communicates. The terroir gives the winemakers a script for a further production.

One producer - three wines - three DWWA platinum medals

Vinos de La Luz experienced a truly unique moment as its three wines got high recognition at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2022: platinum medals and 97 points. This is an incredible result and great achievement for one company and one brand!

RELATOS DEL CALLEJON MALBEC 2020, winery La Luz del Vino (Valle de Uco, Mendoza). Platinum medal and 97 points at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2022.

This is a medium range wine (100% Malbec). Selected yeasts. Alcoholic fermentation under strict temperature control for 20 days. Natural malolactic fermentation while it ages in the barrel. It combines aromas of plums and blackberries with notes of cinnamon, black pepper, and lavender. This is a complex wine, with a good structure and soft, ripe tannins. It is balanced, with a persistent finish featuring toasty flavours.

Origin: Vista Flores, Tunuyán – Uco Valley, Mendoza

Soil: Sandy loam with alluvial sediments.

Ageing: 8 months in French oak barrels

CALLEJON DEL CRIMEN MALBEC SINGLE VINEYARD GUALTALLARY 2019, winery La Luz del Vino (Valle de Uco, Mendoza). Platinum medal and 97 points at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2022.

This wine is quite different from the first one. Lower in yeasts. Alcoholic fermentation for about 30 days: 70% in stainless steel tanks and 30% in oak foudres under strict temperature control (24°C to 30°C). Pure, fresh Malbec, full of textures. Deep, intense red colour with violet hints. In the nose it is deep, intense, and complex. The characteristic aromas of this wonderful micro-region stand out: chalk, damp stone, and slate. In the mouth there is sharp red fruit and a balanced, unctuous, silky structure, with a great mineral finish.

Origin: Plot #2 at Gualtallary, Tupungato – Uco Valley at 1,300 m (3,450 ft) asl.

Soil: Alluvial and sandy, with stones of various sizes (many of them volcanic) and different sized boulders. High calcareous component.

Ageing: 12 months in French oak barrels.

CALLEJON DEL CRIMEN BLEND DE TERROIRS MALBEC 2019, winery La Luz del Vino (Valle de Uco, Mendoza). Platinum medal and 97 points at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2022.

A blend with great character. A deep violet wine, surprisingly bright over a black background. It leaves notable legs. On the nose there are notes of ripe black plum and hints of minerals and spices. In the mouth, the wine is elegant and expressive, with silky, velvety tannins. There are notes of chocolate and tobacco from its ageing in French oak barrels.

Origin: Grapes from the different estates are used in varying proportions depending on the characteristics of each vintage. This Blend of Malbecs from the Uco Valley has 50% from the estate at Gualtallary, 20% from Paraje Altamira, 20% from Pampa El Cepillo and 10% from the estate at Vista Flores. 

Soil: Diverse soils of alluvial origin.

Ageing: 12 months in 160- and 225-litre French oak barrels, plus 12 months’ storage in the bottle.

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