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Luján de Cuyo

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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, Syrah, Benjamin Nieto Senetiner, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, 2008

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C/ Dark purple seriousness. N/ Fat, smoky tarn. Seared cherries with lard in a dirty pan. Ha ! T/ Medium mouthfeel. Clean, stewed plums. Light blood. Long finish. A tad simple in structure, but one heck of a bargain! Retail about $8. http://www.nietosenetiner.com/vinos/benjamin/syrah.asp One of the better under $10 Syrahs I’ve ever had. Rating = […]

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Argentina, Malbec, Vina Cobos, Mendoza, Luján de Cuyo, 2003

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N/ Light, musty barrel room. Clean, vividly ripe plums. Mature and complex wood work. Slight turf and dark earth wafts. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. A gorgeous cherry reduction sauce. Dark earth and forest floor. Chocolate. Burlap. Only fault is a just a little too dry. The Vina Cobos “Bramare” Malbec is one of my favorite wines, […]

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