His name is Marcelo Pelleriti, his resume includes a 100 point Parker rating for his 2010 Chateau La Violette Pomerol, which followed a 98 point rating for his 2009 vintage. Also prominent on Marcelo's resume, a Parker 99 point rating for his 2010 Chateau Le Gay Pomerol, preceded by a 96+ rating by Parker for Marcelo's 2009 Le Gay. He is quietly noteworthy for being "the first Argentine winemaker to receive 100 Points from Robert Parker for a Bordeaux wine." And when I toured South America with him, tasting his wines, I understood why his most recent ratings run neck and neck with those from his projects in Europe.
Marcelo has been commuting between Mendoza and Pomerol since at least 2000, "the unsung star" (per Wine Advocate) of the late Catherine Péré-Vergé's Pomerol estates – Le Gay & La Violette – and the most important vintner as well as consulting oenologist to some of the biggest names in Argentina – Bodega y Viñedos Monteviejo & Clos de Los Siete to name but two. Tasting the fruits of his labor speaks volumes, but he prefers to remain behind the curtain; every bit as serious and sought out as Michel Rolland, yet 180° apart in terms of personality.
This, the World Release of the 2015 following the James Suckling Top 100 - 2014. Octava Alta is a masterful Pelleriti blend of Cabernet Franc (20%) with Malbec, all from old vines - among the top wine bargains of the world.