21 Sep Argentine Sampler
This thoughtful collection from Argentina shows a snapshot of what the country has to offer. We’ve got classic Malbecs, a unique Malbec, and something that might be Argentina’s next big thing, Cabernet Franc.
These two Malbecs are the classic Argentina we know and love. They’re dark, fruity, and tannic. The warm climate brings a lot of ripeness to the fruit and it comes through in the wine.
2016 Elsa Bianchi Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina
On Sale $8.99
This Malbec is red-violet in color, with aromas of plums and black cherries and a subtle, smoky scent. The beauty of Malbec in Argentina is its ability to combine a rich, weighty mouth-feel with a soft silkiness normally associated with lighter wines. Elsa Malbec takes the promise of the nose through to the palate, with dark fruits that mimics the aroma. The soft, supple palate and smooth tannins lead to a round and harmonious finish.
2015 Terrazas de los Andes “Altos del Plata” Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina
On Sale $9.99
This is a delicious little bargain from Argentina, with a classic Malbec profile. Notes of red berries and spice on the palate lead to a mildly peppery finish. Terrazas de los Andes is a cool, modern winery whose team focuses first on caring for the vineyards in ways that are best for the grapes, but also sustainable for the environment.
This wine comes from some of the highest altitude vineyards on Earth and the wine is a very unique style. It’s elegant and exotic, with delicate and complex aromatics. Think candied fruit with a perfect balance of acidity.
2016 El Porvenir de Cafayate “Amauta” Absoluto Malbec, Valle de Cafayate, Argentina
On Sale $13.99
A wonderful fruity aroma comes through immediately in the glass, with notes of fresh raspberry, strawberry, and cherry, and on the palate notes of sweet ripe fruit are complemented by spice and vanilla influence from oak aging. There’s a great balance of acid and a long, persistent finish.
Argentine Cabernet Franc is all the rage in the wine community right now. This grape has been overshadowed by Malbec from Argentina for years and it’s just starting to gain the attention it deserves. And this producer is at the pinnacle of quality.
2014 Catena Cabernet Franc, San Carlos, Argentina
On Sale $22.99
(from a 1999 planting): Enticing aromatic lift to the aromas of purple fruits, violet and brown spices. Suaver than the Agrelo Cabernet Sauvignon, offering exhilarating cut and penetration and an ideal balance between sweetness and suppleness of fruit and acidity. Savory, plush and ripe for all its energy. Finishes with big but thoroughly ripe, dusty tannins and excellent breadth and length. Terrific berry intensity here.
91 Points, Stephen Tanzer