Tag: Mendoza

Obra Prima Maximus Malbec 2014 Mendoza, Argentina

This is a very tasty six-year-old Malbec from Mendoza. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.

Showing black fruits with vegetables, light vanilla, spices, black olives, earth, bitter herbs, barnyard, wood, tobacco, dark coffee and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and soft tannins.

I had it before, and this time I had it right out of the bottle, and it was really nice.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a cheese plate.

A blend of 80% Malbec, 10% Syrah and 10% Cabernet Franc.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

Mascota Vineyards Eccentric Merlot 2018, Argentina

Time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Purple in color with a wide purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, plums, spices, light tobacco and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with plums, black cherries, blueberries, spices, light wood, earth, chocolates and black pepper.

Medium on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice and easy drinking Merlot from Argentina. Feels more like a California Merlot.

Tasty and simple. Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.

$10.

Bodegas Arraigo Benegas Old Vines Red Blend 2010 Mendoza, Argentina

#AgedWineTuesday

it’s been 7 weeks in self quarantine, so we decided that enough is enough, and we’re going to meet by the lake, and have some wine and cheeses (6 ft from each other of course).

This is a gorgeous 10 year old Bordeaux blend from Argentina. Earthy, with lots of fruits to balance it out.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, cooked cherries, raisins, vanilla, oak, licorice, spices chocolates, tobacco, coke, vegetables, bell pepper, earth, wet leaves, herbs and peppercorn.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This 10 year old is showing great complexity and mouthfeel at this point. Probably at its peak.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and show more complexity and structure. Started to decline after 4 hours, but there was not much left.

Thanks for sharing, Wendy.

This Old Vine Cuvee is much different than their regular blend, the complexity (and price) reflect that. A Delicious wine.

A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Aged in French Oak barrels for 18 months. Vines were planted at the beginning of the last century.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$50.

Clos de Los Siete 2015 Mendoza, Argentina

Dark inky in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose with black currants, cherries, earth, leather, tobacco, oak, vanilla, cloves, dark coffee, pencil lead, vegetables, spices, metals and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black currants, blackberries, earth, dark chocolates, tobacco, spices, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, coffee and peppercorn.

Spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a very enjoyable 5 year old Malbec blend from Argentina by Michel Rolland.

Showing nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Nice to have all by itself or with food. A good sipping wine.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up, and shows some tannins.

Wine Spectator 91 points.

A blend of 58% Malbec, 23% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Syrah and 1% Petit Verdot.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$16.

Tussock Jumper Malbec 2018 Mendoza, Argentina

Dark purple in color with a short reddish rim.

Nose of cherries, blueberries, oak, spices, tobacco, coffee, chocolates and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, oak, vanilla, light vegetables, spices, chocolates, tobacco and peppercorn.

Short finish with fine tannins and herbs.

This is a simple Malbec from Argentina.

Easy drinking and good by itself or with food. I paired it with BBQ meats and grilled asparagus.

Made with Organic grapes.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

86 points.

$10.

Bodegas Arraigo Benegas Old Vines Cabernet Franc 2010 Mendoza, Argentina

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a great one from Argentina.

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim. Not showing much age.

Fruity nose of blackberries, black plums, raisins, wood, vanilla, licorice, dark chocolates, coffee, mocha, spices, peppercorn, pencil lead, light vegetables, earth and leather.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, black currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, tobacco leaf, light vegetables, peppercorn, coffee, chocolates, tobacco and graphite.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This 9 year old Argentinian Cabernet Franc is drinking very nicely now. Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel. Peaking now.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and show the complexity, although, it is good right out of the bottle.

Wine Enthusiasts 90 points.

I’ve had their regular Cab Franc, but this Old Vines version is so much better. A delicious wine.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

100% Cabernet Franc grapes were aged for 18 months in French Oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$50.

Tamarelli Vineyards Gran Corte Estate Blend 2014 Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina

Deep purple in color with a short purplish /brick rim.

Fruity nose of black plums, black currants, blackberries, oak, vanilla, earth, licorice, spices, coffee, cola, pencil lead, peppercorn, leather, tobacco, wild flowers and herbs.

Full bodied, bold and smooth, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, raisins, vanilla, cedar, spices, herbs, licorice, peppercorn, earth, dark chocolates and light vinaigrette.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty Malbec Blend from Mendoza, Argentina. Well balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Not so good right out of the bottle, so be patient, it is well worth it. Took a couple of hours to open up properly.

A great wine to sip on by the porch. This 5 year old is peaking now and it is lovely.

I paired it with cheeses nuts and crackers.

A blend of 70% Malbec, 15% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot and 5% Syrah. Aged for 20 months in French oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$45.

Tikal Patriota Malbec Bonarda 2015, Mendoza, Argentina

Deep purple in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, plums, black currants, coffee, oak, cloves, earth, vegetables, graphites, spices, bitter herbs, wet leaves, vanilla, licorice and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, oak, cloves, earth, dark coffee, vegetables, graphites, bell pepper, spices, bitter herbs and peppercorn.

Medium plus in finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This Bonarda blend from Argentina is always enjoyable. Earthy with enough black fruits to be able to enjoy by itself. A good food wine too.

Showing nice complexity and a nice mouthfeel.

Wine Enthusiasts 90 points.

Good right out of the bottle and gets earthier as it opens up. This vintage does not seem to show a lot of tannins, for some reason. Maybe because there is more Bonarda than in other vintages.

Needs 2 years to mature properly.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 60% Bonarda and 40% Malbec.

13.5% alcohol by volume (feels like more).

89 points.

$25.

Bodegas Trapiche Broquel Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Mendoza, Argentina

Ruby in color with a wide brick rim.

Nice nose of black currants, plums, bell pepper, oak, licorice, cloves, dark chocolates, herbs, spices, earth, wet leaves, vegetables, dark coffee, tobacco leaf, vinaigrette and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, coffee, oak, cloves, light vanilla, vegetables, tobacco, black pepper, spices, dark chocolates and bitter herbs.

Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice surprise. This 6 year old Cabernet Sauvignon is drinking very nicely now. Nicely balanced and spicy, with nice complexity. Drinks way better than 2 years ago.

Didn’t take long to open up, and gets earthier as it does. Tannins show up after an hour.

Wine Enthusiasts 89 points.

Would pair nicely with BBQ Meats.

Aged for 15 months in oak barrels.

14% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$15.

Terrazas De Los Andes Single Vineyard Las Compuertas Malbec 2011 Mendoza, Argentina

Deep purple in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, black plums, oak, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, vegetables, peppercorn, tobacco, herbs, bell pepper and wet leaves.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, wood, licorice, spices, dark chocolates, vanilla, coffee, vegetable, earth, leather, tobacco leaf and peppercorn.

Long finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great surprise. This 8 year old Malbec is drinking very nicely now. Well balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food.

This Single Vineyard is showing nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Needs 4 hours in a decanter to open up properly and show tannins and all of the complexity.

This was a good vintage in Mendoza and it is showing. Very easy to drink so watch out 😁

Grapes are grown at 3,500 feet elevation, and aged for 18 months in French oak barrels.

15% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$50.