Bodegas Salentein Primus Pinot Noir 2018

  • Bodegas Salentein is the heart and soul of the Uco Valley.
  • Exclusively imported by United Cellars.
  • Sourced from one the highest elevations in the region.
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  • Vinous
    93 points
  • James Suckling
    93 points

Editors notes

This wine of a soft crimson color with intermediate intensity, has a slight purplish halo indicative of its youth. It has a delicate, lingering and elegant aroma, reminiscent of black cherry jam or maraschino, and details of violets, with a slight touch of tobacco, vanilla and white chocolate acquired from storage in new French oak barrels. The most surprising note of this wine is found in its mouth, as its soft and shy color does not anticipate its great potential and typical varietal character. It is ample, well-structured, with very ripe, gentle and sweet tannins, particularly elegant and fine, in perfect fruit-and-oak balance. It has a pleasant and long finish, which enables understanding the greatest virtue of this wine—its finesse.

The special profile of this varietal makes it a good match for salmon and chocolate mousse. Decanting is recommended for better appreciation of aromas and flavours. Best served at 16°C (61°F). The recommended storage time is 10 years.


Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Earthy
    • Herbal
    • Red Fruits
  • Palate
    • Cedar
    • Red Cherry
    • Strawberry

Food Pairings

  • Fish
  • Game
  • Poultry

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Vinous

    "The 2018 Pinot Noir Primus from San Pablo, Uco Valley was aged in 95% used barrels. Ruby red in color. The attractive nose features rose, potpourri, earth, cherry and cedar along with a layer of herbs. Terse and silky, it delivers a fresh expression in spite of the mellow woody flavors. The tension is maintained by the fine, chalky tannins. The 2018 is an expansive, new world take on the variety. -- Joaquín Hidalgo"
  • James Suckling

    "A perfumed nose of cherries, wild strawberries, dried lavender, black pepper, orange peel and wax. Medium-bodied with creamy, seamless tannins. Supple and velvety. Pretty spice notes on the long finish. Drink or hold."

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The wine industry in Argentina has had one of the fastest growth rates in the wine world and now claims to be the fifth largest wine producer in the world. Much like certain aspects of Argentine cuisine, the wine industry too has its roots in Spain. Vine cuttings were brought to Santiago del Estero in the 1600s. Up until the 1980s, Argentina was known for producing more 'quantity' wine over 'quality' wine, but that has changed with winemakers across the board lifting their game. There is no doubt that Malbec is the grape on which Argentina's international reputation as a wine-producing nation is founded. Whilst it is a difficult grape to grow, the climate and conditions around Mendoza and in particular the Uco Valley is ideally suited to producing world-class wine. The most popular varieties planted out in Argentina would be Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Sangiovese, Syrah and Tempranillo.


Mendoza is by far the largest wine region in Argentina. Located on a high-altitude plateau at the edge of the Andes Mountains, the province is responsible for roughly 70 percent of the country's annual wine production. The French grape variety Malbec has its New World home in the vineyards of Mendoza, producing red wines of great concentration and intensity.

The province lies on the western edge of Argentina, across the Andes Mountains from Chile. While the province is large (it covers a similar area to the state of New York), its viticultural land is clustered mainly in the northern part, just south of Mendoza City. Here, the regions of Lujan de Cuyo, Maipu and the Uco Valley are home to some of the biggest names in Argentinian wine.

This soil in this region is alluvial with rocky subsoil. It possesses sediments of sand, silt and clay. Its little organic matter restraints the grapevine’s growth and this results in excellent quality grapes suitable for winemaking. Malbec wines from this area hold outstanding features; red and violet tones with great intensity.

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About the brand Bodegas Salentein

Jose Galante and Paul Hobbs are the dreamteam at Bodegas Salentein. Galente is one of the most distinguished winemakers in Argentina having spent 30 years at Bodegas Catena Zapeta making the wines that made Argentinian Malbec world famous.

Paul Hobbs on the other hand has been described by Forbes magazine as 'The Steve Jobs of Wine' and has been named 'Wine Personality of the Year' twice by Robert Parker!

The duo have vineyards at extreme altitudes from 1,050 to 1,700 metres above sea level in the Uco Valley, Mendoza's prime growing region. The wines produced there are round and fulsome - superb with a parrilla grilled steak.

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