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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, 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, 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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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, Pinot Noir, Doña Paula, Estate, Mendoza, 2010

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N/ Light cherry. Light taffy. Hints of black tea. A wiff of forest floor aromas. Fairly weak nose. Was slightly chilled, however. When warmed to room temp she expectedly became more complex, and out came some nice smoked aromas, but still, not enough action going on for this price point. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Restrained, dried […]

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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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