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Argentina, Malbec, Aruma, Bodegas Caro, Rothschild (Chile) & Catena (Argentina), Mendoza, 2010

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Color/ Unlike any Malbec I’ve seen before. No beautiful, almost translucent, neon purple hue on the rim, but instead – deep, dark black and blue, squid ink. Nose/ Immediately after decant she starts with a fairly aggressive barnyardy, almost Brettanomyces, aromas. These subside after the first 30 minutes to reveal deep, dark black fruits, thick […]

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Argentina, Malbec, “Seleccion,” Catena Zapata, Alamos, Mendoza, Uco Valley, 2008

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Note: decant at least 45 minutes for best effect. N/ Lovely aromatics. Roses (deep, soft, and dark). Fat plums. Fresh leather. Crushed granite. Flint. This nose really could be called “Guns n’ Roses”. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Lovely weight. Slightly tight plum reduction. Extract of roses mixed into tarn water. Liquid cigar box and cedar. Winemaker […]

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Argentina, Malbec, Catena Zapata, Alamos, Mendoza, Uco Valley, 2010

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Note: decant 2 hours for best effect. A slight reduction needs to waft off. N/ Smoked black cherry. Smoldering campfire. Acidic, crushed river rocks. A reduction sauce made from steeped violets. Earthy beets. Incense. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Smoked black cherries and light chocolate. Lightly smoked black earth and burlap juice. Winemaker = Felipe Stahlschmidt http://www.alamoswines.com/en/ourwines/ […]

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