Archive for the South America Category

Pisano RPF Tannat 2007, Progreso, Uruguay

So your cellar is stocked with wines from Uruguay right? Chances are if you do have a Uruguayan bottle it is from Pisano. A quick and unscientific survey shows they are about the largest producer brand available outside the borders of Uruguay. I actually had two bottles of their wine this weekend along with 2007 Pisano RPF Tannat I also drank a bottle of the RFP Merlot/Tannat. The thoroughbred Tannat bottle came sealed with cork, whereas the blend used a foam cork alternative. As much as I found Read more [...]

Mendoza Midrange Values: Trapiche Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve & Luigi Bosca Gala 2

Luigi Bosca Gala 2, Mendoza Argentina 2009   Trapiche Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Mendoza, Argentina 2011   Virtually every wine region on the globe produces a range of qualities and styles of wine, but as wine consumers, we often tend to collectively label certain regions in narrow terms. Where I live, in the Province of Quebec our liquor monopoly (SAQ) stocks rows of entry level wines Mendoza, Argentina that all taste pretty much the same. And some of those wines certainly Read more [...]

Dominio del Plata Susana Balbo Crios (Bonarda/Syrah) 2011, Mendoza, Argentina

I sometimes think that I should subtitle my wine blog, the place where the Bonarda grape gets promoted. I really do have to say I love it when it is done right, tannic like Cab Franc, body Cabernet Sauvignon. It even masks the wood vanillas and caramels nicely as it has a bitter side to it.   So I have salivated at the sight of a 50/50 Bonarda/Syrah blend from Mendoza called Crios by wine maker Susana Balbo at Dominio del Plata. My fingers were crossed, hoping for a ying and yang effect Read more [...]

Vinedos Santa Emiliana Signos Origen White, Valle Centrale, Chile

The Santa Emiliana Signos de Origen White is a blend of Organic Chardonnay, Marsanne, Viognier and Roussanne grapes that connected with my palate.   I tried this at a recent organic and biodynamic wine show here in Montreal. Vinedos Santa Emiliana was probably closest thing to big business in a room full of tiny producers. But the wine was not out of place at all, and could have passed as an artisan product.   On the nose, peachy nectarine mixed with melon with some honey notes. Read more [...]

Famillia Zuccardi fuZion Chenin Blanc | Torrontes 2010, Mendoza, Argentina. 375ml.

Fuzion has become a very strong brand in Canada based on a Syrah/Malbec blend.  The 2010 Famillia Zuccardi Fuzion Chenin Blanc Torrontes blend has a number of positive things to offer.   The nose is quite busy, too busy for my liking, but I will not be too hard on it considering this is a value wine. Citrus, floral, latex, pistachio, almond elbow eachother fighting for space in your nostrils.   The gulp would stump pretty much anybody.  Chenin Blanc is used to neutralize the Read more [...]

Trivento Amado Sur Malbec/Bonarda/Syrah Blend 2009, Mendoza Argentina

The 2009 Trivento Amado Sur Malbec/Bonarda/Syrah is power trio.  The blend may be dominated by Malbec in terms of content percentage, but the other smaller print varietals do contribute.   The Amado Sur red blend is intense.  Red berries and black fruits come out fighting and swinging at your nose.  Wood is kept low, and that is fine by me – why would you want to mask that intense fruit?   The red/black combo continues in the mouth, and some vanilla notes appear as well.  Read more [...]
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