Tag Archives: Argentina

In My Glass: El Malbec 2006 de Ricardo Santos (Mendoza)

It’s been so long now, that I cannot remember how Eleni and I became fascinated with Mendoza’s Ricardo Santos and his wines. But in any case, this bottle of Malbec from the 2006 vintage had been waiting for a comparative tasting of aging, mid-priced Argentine Malbecs that never happened. It was finally time to open […]

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Beyond Malbec: 2011 Bodegas Escorihuela Gascón Colosal

I braced myself as I poured the 2011 Don Miguel Gascón Colosal red blend for the first time. Colossal: the name suggests enormous, immense, powerful. Would this be a tannic monster of a wine? Will my teeth be stained purple permanently? Would it need to sit and breathe for hours before being drinkable? Not at […]

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Beyond Malbec: 2007 Bodega Sottano Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva

Bodega Sottano is a relatively new winery based in Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina.  The winery focuses their efforts on Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon and has a fairly small production of less than 60,000 cases per year. In the glass, the Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva was a deep, saturated, fresh-looking purple. The nose was complex and […]

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Beyond Malbec: Exploring Cabernet Franc from Argentina

There just are not enough bottlings of Cabernet Franc available, in my opinion. I find the varietal intriguing and enjoyable – perfumy and floral, with notes of pencil lead, chocolate, raspberry, and pepper. Most of the best examples of it as a single varietal come from Chinon in the Loire, but it is also at […]

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Wine of the Week: 2010 Finca Las Nubes Malbec (Valle de Cafayate, Salta)

I had originally added the Finca Las Nubes Malbec to a comparison of two other Malbecs from Salta, Argentina. But then I tasted it. It was distinct, complex, and utterly enjoyable; in other words, a wine that certainly merited being selected as my Wine of the Week. For more than 20 years, winemaker José Luis […]

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“Argentina: Celebrating Diversity” with Nora Favelukes at the Boston Wine Expo 2012

Saving the best for last, the final seminar of Saturday’s Boston Wine Expo featured Nora Favelukes of Wines of Argentina presenting on “Argentina: Celebrating Diversity.” The full house was entertained, while also being educated on Argentina’s wine, food, culture, and geography. A lot has changed in the Argentina wine industry in the past 20 to […]

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Wine Review: 2006 Viñas de Luján Las Loicas Cabernet Sauvignon (100% Organic)

I am not a big fan of rustic wines that conjure images of horses, hay, and barnyards, and I have wondered if perhaps I lack the patience or the palate for such wines. Upon opening, Las Loicas Cabernet Sauvignon reminded me of being down on the farm. Not all that long ago many Argentine wines […]

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Trends and Trending – Musings on the Year Ahead

Eleni – I’d like to try Westport Winery’s “Grace”.  From their Web site:  “Scoring a 92 and earning Gold Medal status at the World Wine Championships, our aperitif Chardonnay was 7 years in the making. To make Grace is deceptively simple. We take our estate grown eau de vie of chardonnay and blend it with […]

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Beyond Malbec: Bonarda, Argentina’s Other Red Grape

Bonarda is the second most popular red grape in Argentina – after Malbec, of course. Nearly 19% of red grape vineyards are planted with Bonarda. The origins of this varietal were under dispute until 2008. Was Bonarda brought to Argentina from Italy’s Piemonte region, where it is known as Bonarda Piemontese? Or was it related […]

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He Said, She Said – L’Espalier Argentina Wine Monday

L’Espalier Wine Monday Argentina The Menu First Pairing 2010 Crios de Susana Balbo, Torrontés, Salta Apple Street Farm Greens with Shaved Carrot and Rhubarb Second Pairing 2009 Alfredo Roca, Malbec, Mendoza Roasted Lamb Sausage with Pearl Barley, Tomatoes and Kalamata Olives Third Pairing 2009 Jean Bosquet [sic], “Reserva”,  Malbec, Tupungato Valley Grilled Flank Steak with […]

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