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Valle de Uco

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, “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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Argentina, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bodega Septima, Valle de Uco, Tunuyán, Mendoza, 2008

Note: decant and let breath at least one hour before enjoying. In the glass practice aggressive swirling. C/ Black, deep purple. Light penetrates not. N/ Round black pepper. Black soil. Stewed black cherries and cassis. Graham cracker. River stones. T/ Medium-full to full mouthfeel. Stewed, white peppered plums with an acid finish. Wood work big […]

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Argentina, Malbec, Telteca, Antá, Maipú & Valle de Uco, 2004

C/ Quite cloudy for a malbec, perhaps not fined or racked much? N/ Very floral with nice violets and roses. Extremely feminine and pretty. Eucalyptus too. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Dry, but packed with ripe red berry fruits. Wood work solid, but understated, leaving a tad off balance to an otherwise solid effort. Especially for the […]

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