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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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Winery & Vineyard Visits / Antica an Antinori Family Estate / Napa Valley, California

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                                        Antica Napa Valley is an Antinori Family Estate located a lengthy, but beautiful, drive up Soda Canyon road in Napa. If you want incredible, even for Napa, scenery make an appointment and go.  I won’t wax on […]

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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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USA, Red Blend (Meritage) (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec), Magnificat, Franciscan, Napa Valley, California, 2009

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Red blend of: 64% cabernet sauvignon, 26% merlot, 5% petit verdot, 3% cabernet franc, and 2% malbec. N/ Black cherry, black currant, plum skins.  Cedar, vanilla, and coconut. River rock. Wild herbs, pine needles, and dried sage. Barrel room lingers. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Medium plus tannins. Medium plus acid. Dry, angular, plum, cherry, and a […]

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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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France, Malbec with Merlot, Cahors, Clos La Coutale, Philippe Bernède, 2010

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A red blend of 80% malbec and 20% merlot. N/ A faint hint of rubber tree slightly detracts for about 30 minutes but then burns off to reveal deep black fruits, fresh cedar, wild herbs, gunpowder and black cherries. Her ample fruits are sprinkled with a bit of brick and cement dust, in a nice way. […]

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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, 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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Argentina, Malbec, Doña Paula, Reserva, Mendoza, 2010

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N/ Lightly smoked black fruits sprinkled with rock dust. Reduction sauce of violets. Barrel room. Fresh leather. Tobacco. Game.  Fresh sawdust. T/ Medium weight, but with a sensually coating mouthfeel. Soft, but power loaded with black fruits, plums and violet notes. A soft, but strong mineral and oak close. Price = 48 pesos (Argentina) = […]

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Argentina, Malbec, Pascual Toso, Mendoza, 2011

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C/ Gorgeous, neon purple squid ink. N/ Flint dust fills the nose with an acidic snap right after decanting. Plum reduction. Big fresh leather notes. Rose petals. Yeasty, almost malty. Is that blu cheese I smell? Sage and wild herbs. One off, swamp water,note distracts. Both the cheese and swamp notes disappeared after 45 minutes […]

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Argentina, Malbec, Nieto Senetiner, Reserva, Mendoza, 2009

N/ Clean, smoky, deeply stewed plums. Graham crackers. Black soil. Freshly cracked flint. T/ Full mouthfeel. Coating and velvety. Plums stewed with smoke. Red berry reduction sauce. Ripe cranapple. Long finish of oaky, plum stew. Big, bold, delicious. California Cabernet Sauvignon lovers might really enjoy this wine.  She has a lot of parallels with heavily […]

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USA, Red Blend (Syrah, Merlot, Malbec), Robert Mondavi, Private Selection, Coastal Crush Red, Central Coast, 2011

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Red Blend of: 67% Syrah, 24% Merlot, and 9% Malbec. N/ Dried black cherries, slightly candied cassis, and cherry cordials. Sweet and taffy-like. For the first two hours she had an unfortunate note of rubber and/or vinyl, however, this finally dissipated at approximately two and a half hours post decant. Once gone, nice fruit and […]

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USA, Red Blend, Zinfandel Dominated, Pandemonium, Lodi & Clarksburg, California, 2009

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Red blend of: Zinfandel, Malbec, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. (I like the creative blending here). N/ Her nose is a tad light, but dominated by Zinfandel-like wafts such as red berry jam and some deep plum notes. Black pepper and dark chocolate. She also shows light leather, gunnysack, and a nice punch of boysenberry. T/ […]

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