This producer is very much at the forefront of new talent and change in Argentina, its wines made by an old-timer who is more artist than artisan.
In the space of a few short years since the first vintage in 2007, Riglos has scooped some big awards and wowed many a pundit. Friends and co-founders Dario Werthein and Fabian Suffern were not mucking about when they hired the wonderful poet-oenologist Pulqui Rodriguez and winemaker-consultant Paul Hobbs to get things off to a flying start.
The estate, called Finca Las Divas, is in the very special Uco Valley enclave of Gualtallary and its grapes are much in demand from some of the biggest names in Argentine wine. As the Riglos reputation steadily gains in stature, there are fewer and fewer grapes to sell and more and bottles to label. Once again here is a producer whose ultimate aim is not huge scale but simply the highest possible quality within a realistic business model.
Pulqui Rodriguez hails from the generation of winemakers who guided Argentina's wine culture out of slumber, from workaday wines to world beaters. His tasting notes are weird; his wines are wonderful; he is one of the true greats.