Johnson Harriss Forestero Malbec 2018
Johnson Harriss was born to Edward Harriss II and Mary “Polly” Johnson in Charlotte County, Virginia, on 28 December 1769. He grew up in colonial America as a farmer, and was the backbone of winemaker John Livingston's family in the early years of American life. Johnson moved his family from Virginia to North Carolina to South Carolina to Tennessee and finally to southern Illinois…where Livingston grew up. “Old Grand-father Harriss”, according to the DuQuoin Weekly Tribune on the occasion of his death, survived both the Revolutionary War and the U.S. Civil War and lived to age 99. This wine is a dedication to his life and family.
“Forestero” is Spanish for stranger. As an American hunting wine in Argentina, I definitely have the sense that I am a citizen of another place. But funny enough, I also think that this wine has the potential to be a “stranger” in a sea of mediocre Malbec in the marketplace! And the real reason for that doesn’t have much to do with me. It’s because of the vineyards’ unique location.