Winery to Watch 2013

Argentina: Tintonegro

In our tastings and travels over the last year, we’ve noted some promising new talent—people who are making wines that offer distinct perspectives on their varied terroirs. Our Santiago-based critic for South America, Patricio Tapia, has been watching Argentine winemakers Alejandro Seganovich and Jeff Mausbach for years; he reports on their new venture. Alejandro Sejanovich and Jeff Mausbach worked together at Catena for almost 15 years, Sejanovich as vineyard manager and Mausbach as wine educator. In 2011 they began an independent project focused on wines that portray the landscape of Mendoza. They have captured an extraordinary sense of place with Bodeha Teho Zaha Malbec from the Altamira area, and with perfumed Torrontés in Anko, from Salta. In 2012, they launched the Colecciónes line, with wines as iconoclastic as Lambrusco, an extremely fresh red better drunk by the bottle than by the glass, and Criolla, a red made with the mission grape that looks and tastes like fresh-pressed cherry juice—the kind of wine Sejanovich and Mausbach love to drink and sell.