The Charles & Charles Red is another offering from Charles Smith and Charles Bieler of Washington State. Both Glenn and I enjoyed their rosé last summer – fantastic price for the perfect summer staple. Their red wine, however, did not wow me. My initial thought was that this blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon and 49% [...]
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 [...]
With Christmas and Hanukkah finally behind us, it will soon be time to mark the end of 2011. To usher in the New Year, here are some of our suggestions for bubbles and brews of all forms. Katrin – What to serve can sometimes depend on how many are going to be enjoying what you are [...]
Happy Cabernet Day! The 2007 Finca Decero Cabernet Sauvignon is still dark ruby at its core, but starting to develop brick hues. Black cherry jam, kirsch, and black currant are followed by violet and tobacco leaf aromas. The palate features fig and dark chocolate and has a smoky finish. While the wine has a strong [...]
Argentina produces some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon on the market today. That may be too much of a sweeping generalization, so I will qualify it a bit by saying relative to Cabs coming from other New World producers, such as California, Chile, and Australia. I think this is particularly true in the $18-30 price [...]
Along with fellow Master of Wine Bill Nesto, Sandy Block developed the curriculum for the wine studies program at Boston University’s Elizabeth Bishop Wine Resource Center. Though we saw him in the classroom less over time, there was a clear sense that he had left an indelible mark in shaping the program. It was a [...]
Set a bit further out from Mendoza’s more established wineries, Ruca Malen has a stunning, unobstructed view to the Andes Mountains from its doorstep. Like many great wineries, Ruca Malen has a great story.
If you are looking for an excellent example of a New World-style red wine for less than $20, this could be the wine for you. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Merlot, the Paisaje de Tupungato is an impressive Argentine wine, made by a winery that is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. In [...]