Tag Archives: Argentina

Cruzat Clásico Brut, NV, Mendoza, Argentina

16 Jan

DSC03206Done in the méthode champenoise, Cruzát is a delightful sparkling made from 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. The Pinot offers soft tropical fruit with a layer of creaminess while the Chardonnay provides a burst of citrus and bright acidity. Delicious with seafood empanadas. $23

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Zorzal Terroir Único Pinot Noir, 2012, Mendoza, Argentina

11 Jan

DSC03175Intensely colored and aromatic, this is some incredible Pinot Noir out of Argentina, where they’re growing more and more of this finicky, difficult grape. This is an exceptional effort, with aromas of blackberries, strawberries and earth. Juicy and smooth on the palate, but with the piquancy one expects in good Pinot Noir. Great food wine, great cocktail wine, way better than most Argentine Pinot on the market. $15

Llama Malbec, 2012, Mendoza, Argentina

11 Jan

DSC03176Intense bouquet of cherries, blackberries and plums stand out against a background of fine toasty hints from oak aging. Warm, rounded and well-structured on the palate, with an explosion of fruit flavors. $15

Aruma Malbec, 2011, Mendoza, Argentina

11 Jan

DSC03174A collaboration between Lafite-Rothschild (of 1st-growth Bordeaux fame) and Nicolas Catena, the granddaddy of Argentine Malbec. Explosive aromas of red fruits, strawberries, raspberries, and plums, with intimations of violette liqueur. Subtle vanilla and chocolate notes complete the bouquet. Round and soft on the weighty palate, with a wonderful balance of dark fruit, spice, and earth. An incredible value for the pedigree involved. $14

Luminis Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, Mendoza, Argentina

16 Oct

091Single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Luján de Cuyo, one of the warmer regions of Mendoza. Five percent of the wine saw 8 months in older American oak barrels, so there’s a slight oaky warmth accentuating the dark red fruit on the nose and palate. Think grilled steak with chimichurri—this is Argentine Cabernet, after all. $15

Perlita Malbec-Syrah Blend, 2011, Mendoza, Argentina

17 Aug

DSCN1958-001Earthy, spicy Argentine Malbec melds with the fruity smoothness of Syrah to produce a very approachable, full-bodied wine. The palate shows ripe fruit and silky-soft tannins lent weight by 10 months in French oak. For fans of Malbec, this is a really fun spin on the varietal from the Bonnie family, who have run some high-dollar real estate in Bordeaux (Graves and Pessac-Leognan) and recently began this project, DiamAndes, in Argentina. An easy-drinking Malbec blend like Perlita is fine by itself, but put it next to some seared flank steak dusted with salt, pepper, minced garlic, and chipotle flakes and you’ll see how great it can be. $15