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Argentina, Torrontés, Kaiken, Terroir Series, Salta, Cafayate Valley, 2016

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N/ Yellow and green grasses, white flowers, geraniums, fresh rain, gooseberries, sun bleached river rocks, and a light hint of chlorine. Delightful. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Bright lime, honeysuckle and liquid flower notes. Steeped hay and chamomile. Clean mineral and flint lines. More focused and linear than most torrontés I’ve had. In a very good way. […]

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Argentina, Malbec, Trivento, Amado Sur, Mendoza, 2014

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A malbec with 11% bonarda and 10% syrah. N/ Clean aromas of black cherry, plum skins, wild herbs, rich oak and crushed granite. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Black cherry, plum compote, blueberries, and layers of oak. Price = $15 http://www.excelsiorwines.com/wine/amado-sur-malbec-blend/ N = A- T = B I = B Overall = B This wine was a […]

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Argentina, Malbec, Red blend, Amalaya, Salta, Calchaqui Valley, 2015

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Red blend of 85% malbec, 10% tannant, and 5% syrah For best results I suggest you decant and wait 30 minutes to an hour before enjoying as she had some reduced aromas that need to float off N/ Black fruits, black soil, plum skins, marine wafts, crushed leaves, forest floor, and taffy. T/ Purple and […]

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Argentina, Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve, Trivento, Mendoza, 2013

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This one best a few, to many, hours after decanting. She really blossoms if you give her enough air. As always, if you don’t have a decanter handy just pour into a clean glass pitcher. Rated four hours after decanting. N/ Ripe red and black fruits like black currant and black raspberries. Game, leather, black […]

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Argentina, Malbec, Rutini, Encuentro, Mendoza, 2013

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N/ Purple and black fruits, plum skins, paprika, the smell of barbecue, black soil, white pepper, wild herbs. T/ Medium full to full mouthfeel. She starts with an elegant mouth-coating bombardment of purple fruits balanced by robust wood tones and a nice acid presence. I paired this wine with a pan seared porterhouse and it […]

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Argentina, Malbec, Trivento, Golden Reserve, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, 2013

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C/ One of the darker malbecs I’ve ever seen – almost black. Upon swirling appears like black neon blood with a beet juice floater. Pro tip: whenever a “floater” is offered with a cocktail, just do it. N/ A lurid tarn from Edgar Allan Poe’s prose. Gobsmacked with deep oak aromas, black musty soil, black […]

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Argentina and Chile, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, Amancaya, Gran Reserva, Bodegas Caro, Les Domaines Barons De Rothschild (Lafite) (Chile) & Catena (Argentina), Mendoza, 2012

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Red blend of: 60-70% Malbec and 30-40% Cabernet Sauvignon. Rated two hours after decanting. N/ Plum skins, complex spices, red berries, wet rocks, gunpowder, forest floor, warm cherry pie, wild herbs and lavender. Wow! T/ Medium full to full mouth feel. Deep flavors of liquid plum skins, black fruits, blackberries, and blueberries. Matured and solid […]

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Argentina, Malbec, Kaiken, Ultra, Valle de Uco, Mendoza, 2011

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Red blend of: 96% malbec and 4% cabernet sauvignon. N/ Massive black fruits, black plums, sweet black pepper, brick dust and crushed rocks. Lime zest smeared across Baker’s chocolate, if I may be Dr. Dorkus. T/ Medium-full mouth feel. She starts with an unexpected, lively, acidic intro of black fruits, and deep black plum flavors. Nice […]

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Argentina, Malbec, Kaiken, Terroir Series, Corte, Mendoza, 2011

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Red blend of: 80% malbec, 12% bonarda, and 8% petit verdot. N/ Black fruits, black plums, leather, canvas, and crushed rocks. Acid kissed, dry black soil. Hint of cherry taffy. T/ Medium-full to full mouth feel. Round and woody on her start, she then delivers a deep black fruits, boysenberry and plum meat midsection. Her […]

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Argentina, Malbec, Trivento, Reserve, Luján de Cuyo and Uco Valley, Mendoza, 2012

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C/ Neon purple squid ink with a side of extra darkness. Almost spooky really. Would be great Halloween wine for: drinking, fake vampire/squid monster blood, or applying life-long stains to your enemy’s carpet. N/ Intense, stewed plums are the first thing that whomps you, then buckets of black fruits, with pleasant, almost sweet, black pepper […]

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Argentina, Malbec, Graffigna, Centenario, Reserve, San Juan, 2011

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Note: I had this wine in a brand new “malbec wine glass” by Graffigna and Riedel.  The glass is great, and will be the subject of a future post soon. N/ She begins with coppery blood, crushed rocks, blackcherry, gunpowder, and saddle leather. Then some acid popping violet aromas dance. Sage and light tobacco notes complete. […]

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Argentina, Malbec, Trivento, Reserva, Luján de Cuyo and Uco Valley, Mendoza, 2011

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C/ Classic neon purple rim on an extra dark purple base. N/ Black fruits, black cherry taffy, and lightly smoked white pepper. Crushed dry leaves. Dry concrete mix. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Black cherry, puckering boysenberry and cranberry. Her acids are good but slightly overpowered by her fruit stew. Suggest you decant and wait two hours […]

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Argentina, Red Blend, Malbec (with Bonarda and Syrah), Amado Sur, Trivento, Mendoza, 2011

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A red blend of: 78% malbec, 12% bonarda, and 10% syrah. C/ Beautiful black neon purple squid ink. N/ Deep, dark purple and black fruits. Savory notes with a caramelized violet reduction sauce.  Gunpowder. Freshly cracked flint. Wet, black soil. Bakers chocolate. Hint of white pepper. A few swampy notes, however lightly detract. T/ Full […]

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Argentina and Chile, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, Amancaya, Gran Reserva, Bodegas Caro, Les Domaines Barons De Rothschild (Lafite) (Chile) & Catena (Argentina), Mendoza, 2010

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Red blend of: 65% Malbec and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon. C/ Her color is deep, dark blueberry juice and squid inky with brick dust hues. Gorgeous. N/ She fronts with an intense flint, gunpowder, and mineral blast. Then comes a deep black fruits and blueberry stew with violets and more rock elements at play. A touch […]

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Argentina, Malbec, Benjamin Nieto Senetiner, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, 2012

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Rated one hour post decant in DEC2012, so given a probable March 2012 harvest this is showing amazingly well for one fresh and affordable Malbec. N/ A deep tarn of black fruits with a dusting of oyster shells. Dark chocolate. A stew of red apple skins. Touch of sandalwood incense. Clean, angular, and delightful. T/ […]

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Argentina, Malbec, Escorihuela Gascon, Mendoza, 2011

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N/ Plum skins, smoked plums, and more plums infused with roses and violets. Bruising, massive, black fruits. Clean swamp water. Damp forest floor. Copper. Freshly split flint. T/ Medium-full to full mouthfeel. Strafing run of ripe black fruits and plum skins. Rasberry jam. Clean lines of wood, liquid rock, and grammar school mineral kit on […]

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Argentina, Cabernet Sauvignon, Casarena, Ramanegra, Reserva, Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, 2010

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Best one hour+ post decant. A slight swampiness needs to dissipate. N/ Cloves, pepper, and dark chocolate. Spiced, deep plums and black fruits. A huge, huge nose. Rose petals, nutmeg, cedar, and oak. Freshly cracked flint. Herbs. More cloves on the end. Terrific. T/ Full mouthfeel. Really full. Cloves and caramelized sugars preside with a heavy […]

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Argentina, Cabernet Sauvignon, 34, Bodega Carelli, Mendoza, 2010

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Best two hours+ post decant. She starts off a tad green and tight. Good airing fixes this. N/ Herbs. Red and black berries. Smoked cassis. Cedar, and young oak. Leather. Light, black soil. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Angular and semi-tart flavors of red berries and cranberry with a small pucker effect. Simple. No major […]

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Argentina, Malbec, Dona Paula, Los Cardos, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, 2011

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N/ Dried rose petals start off the journey and dominate for first twenty or so minutes, gradually giving way to a distinct, powerful, and delightful orange zest. Black cherries and black fruits.  Deep violet notes. Aged oak and leather. Forest floor. Rock dust. Fantastico. T/ Medium to medium full mouthfeel. For first 30 minutes her […]

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Argentina, Malbec, Alfredo Roca, Fincas, Finca Santa Herminia, Mendoza, 2011

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N/ Plum skins and black fruits reduction. Violets. Wild herbs. Rhubarb. River rocks. Black, wet, soil. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Clean and soft, but with angular lines of black fruits and stewed plum skins. A crabapple-type pucker dances around amidst all the brooding fruit. Clean finish, with wet wood notes. Price = 23R (Brasil) = $10 […]

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