In the mid-1880s, Pascual Toso set out towards Argentina from his hometown, Canale D’Alba, in Piedmont, Italy. He never could have imagined that he would become the founder of a winery, which is today one of the oldest and most prestigious wineries in Argentina.
When he arrived in Argentina, he settled in Mendoza. As he had been closely involved in the development of his family wine business in Piedmont, he promptly saw the promising future for winemaking in the region and decided to use his expertise. In 1890, Pascual Toso established his first winery in San José, Guaymallén.
Pascual Toso wines are the expression of their passion, their commitment to quality and the great terroir of Las Barrancas. They specially select their grapes for each of our ranges in order to achieve the best quality for delightful and unique wines. Grapes for their estate range come from vineyards that are 15 to 25 years of age, in high trellis. Plants are watered by drip irrigation system, which allows them to manage water flow and achieve the best results.
History of Malbec and its Relation to Pascaul Toso: Malbec (pronounced: [mal.bɛk]) is a purple grape variety used in making red wine. The grapes tend to have an inky dark color and robust tannins, and are known as one of the five grapes allowed in the blend of red Bordeaux wine. The French plantations of Malbec are now found primarily in Cahors in South West France. It is increasingly celebrated as an Argentine varietal wine (i.e. Pascual Toso) and is being grown around the world.
Called Auxerrois or Côt Noir in Cahors, called Malbec in Bordeaux, and Pressac in other places, the grape became less popular in Bordeaux after 1956 when frost killed off 75% of the crop. Despite Cahors being hit by the same frost, which devastated the vineyards, Malbec was replanted and continued to be popular in that area where it was mixed with Merlot and Tannat to make dark, full-bodied wines, and more recently has been made into 100% Malbec varietal wines.
Varietals: 100% Malbec
Alcohol: 14.0% by volume
Tasting Notes: Fairly round and inviting. Slightly firm and fruity at the time. Complex and well-balanced wine, it presents lingering and gentle tannins.
Food Pairings: Ideal for red meats, lamb, pasta and fine fermented cheese.
Jim Lutfy’s thoughts: “Old world and new world meet. The classic old world style of Bordeaux, with the new world fruit of Argentina. Paul Hobbs is a guiding force, as the consulting winemaker, bringing another dimension to the wine.”-JL