Archive for the South America Category

Melipal Malbec 2009, Mendoza, Argentina

The Melipal Malbec has had a beacon shining on it in the form of high hundred-point ratings and a very reasonable price. Luckily, this wine has appeal beyond that of simple accounting.   The Melipal Malbec is a really good wine because it get's everything right. First on the nose you immediately appreciate the quality integration of the fruit and the wood. If wood is the woofer and fruit is the tweeter, the Melipal's balanced approach makes sure the mid-range is round and punchy.   The Read more [...]

Doña Paula Seleccion de Bodega Malbec 2007, Mendoza, Argentina

The Seleccion de Bodega line translates into only the best of the best going into the this Doña Paula 2007 Malbec. The result is a concentrated wine everything a top-flight Malbec should have.   This wine really has full spectrum nose. Red Fruit, violet, caramel, a bit of spice make an inviting confection.   Into the gulp, those scents carry forward and are met with some chocolate, mineral balanced acidity make for a long finish.  Good Stuff!   Musical Match: This Read more [...]

Zolo Organic Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Mendoza, Argentina

Organic wine lovers take note, you don't have to compromise your environmental values to get bang for your buck from the 2010 Zolo Organic Cabernet Sauvignon. The smell test might lead you to think this is a West Coast USA offering.  Good noticeable smoke/wood, friendly fruit and leather that smells of a brand new baseball glove.  Quite often when you talk Organic Cabernet Sauvignon, the conversation is about muted and measured descriptors – not here. The gulp spits out lush, intense Cabernet Read more [...]

Ninquen Mountain Vineyard 2008, Colchagua, Chile

I heard about the Ninquen Mountain Vineyard because I subscribe to an email blast from Montreal wine agent David Laviolette who works for a company called the Societe Des Vins Fins, which loosely translated means the Fine Wine Company.  David knows his stuff and is a great salesman.  He knows hundreds of people on a first name basis, and he genuinely works to help people.  He sells lots of wine, but doesn't bombard us with false promises over each and every one of the wines he brings in.  So Read more [...]

Andeluna Cabernet Franc de Tupungato 2007, Mendoza, Argentina

I always look forward to blends or varietals when Cabernet Franc is part of the equation.  I think that so many red wines should have some Cabernet Franc mixed in for two reasons: Cabernet Franc helps wine stand up in terms of structure (some call it backbone) and also the fruit aspect isn't necessarily all that different from Cabernet Sauvignon, so it could add a great harmonizing echo to a good number of reds out there.  And when it is a single varietal like this Andeluna 2007 Cabernet Franc Read more [...]

Mairena Reserve Bonarda 2008, Mendoza, Argentina

I had hoped my trip to Argentina would be a journey of Bonarda discovery since we get so little of it up here in Canada. The 2008 Mairena Reserve Bonarda was a real eye-opener,as it was clearly superior to any Bonarda I had previously tried. After I sampled it a restaurant, I made an effort to meet with the winemaker, because I was so impressed. Sadly the timing did not work out. I will have to wait until my next trip to Argentina for that visit. I do not think Mairena has wide distribution, but Read more [...]
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