Archive for the South America Category

Zemlia Himno Malbec 2009, Mendoza, Argentina

I had the pleasure of trying 170+ wines during 5 or so days of intense tasting in Argentina, and yes it did tire my taste buds and cloud my memory as to particular tastes for each of those wines.  This wine is one of the very best of the wines I was offered and easy to recall the sensation of tasting it.  The 2009 Zemlia Himno Malbec is a small batch wine, only about 2000 bottles (not cases) were produced.  Nothing but the very best grapes and wine making went into those 2000 bottles.  85% Malbec Read more [...]

Lunta by Mendel Malbec 2009, Mendoza, Argentina

Lunta by Mendel a discovery line, it is made to give consumers an easy entry point into the winery's style.  The 2008 Lunta by Mendel Malbec is what I would call a medium concentrated Malbec, which is not negative at all – just don't expect overpowering flavours, but do expect those flavours and scents to be there and to be recognizable.   On the nose you get the berry/cherry fruit wave then the second wave are more barrel components, vanilla and smoke.   In the gulp the Read more [...]

Luigi Bosca De Sangre 2008, Mendoza, Argentina

De Sangre.... of Blood you say?  No animals were harmed in making the 2008 Luigi Bosca De Sangre.   However, significant amounts of 2008's harvest of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah had more than their hopes crushed!   This blend showed fruit, and caramel toffee on the nose.  A great start for the wine, both youthful and serious at the same time.   The gulp was a wide open berry and dark chocolate wave with a dry undertow. Drinkability was a big part of the conversation Read more [...]

Las Arcas de Tolombón Siete Vacas, Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Valles Calchaquíes, Argentina

The 2010 Siete Vacas Cabernet Sauvignon is another hint that Malbec isn't the only red wine worth your money from Argentina.  The wine shows typical Cabernet Sauvignon descriptors that smell nice and ripe with a classy tobacco leaf envelope. Into the gulp the focus of this wine is on the fruit. The wine isn't particularly complex, but keeps things refreshingly straight forward.  The fruit is round and ripe and the acid is there to keep this wine very drinkable.  The tannins soft as well so Read more [...]

Doña Paula Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Mendoza, Argentina

The 2010 Doña Paula Estate Cabernet Sauvignon shows a more feminine character than you would expect from a Mendocinian Cabernet Sauvignon. The scent accent is on the fruit (blackberry, etc.) with some pepper and a tiny herbal touch.   In the gulp the wine paints a wide open landscape.  Strong tanninc wines make you want to pucker your lips and squeeze all the air out your mouth, but the very soft tannins in this allow you to open up and say “ahhhh.” Again typical Cabernet Sauvignon Read more [...]

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 Read more [...]
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