Andeluna Pasionado Blend 2005, Mendoza, Argentina


This is a big wine, considered to an icon wine from Andeluna.  It isn’t a muscular behemoth, but powerful like a karate blackbelt – control, discipline and balance.  I usually shy away from icon wines because I am a sucker for small garage wineries that make quirky and interesting wines.  The 2005 Andeluna Pasionado is not a quirky garage wine by any stretch of the imagination – it is a wine made for members of the old-boys club, but when it is this well done… I have to put my garage wine bias aside…

 

The nose is complex.  Layers reveal themselves starting with red berries and dark cherries, rolling into spice and some herbal notes  (was that oregano that I picked out?)

 

The gulp was a walk through deep, dark woods.  The stroll through those deep, dark woods reveal Bordeaux blend fruit, chocolate, leather, and spice.  The wine balanced dry and crisp very well.

 

Musical Match: What happened when a tough as nails boxing champ made his way into a song written by arguably the top American folk song writer of his generation?  Bob Dylan’s dry guitar and complex voice sing “The Hurricaine,” about falsely jailed Rubin Carter.  The song will tell you his story, and draw you in….  The power of a boxing champ and the discipline of a great songwriter pack a big punch!

 

Special thanks to the Wines of Argentina for providing me transportation, great lodging, amazing food and access to the wonderful wine and winemakers of Mendoza and Cafayate during a promotional tour of Argentina for 10 days in July 2011. This wine was sampled during that promotional tour.

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