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2008 Punto Final Malbec

Posted on September 18, 2009 - Filed Under Malbec, Red wines, Reviews, South American wines, Wine Reviews, region, style | Leave a Comment

Now this wine I like!

Good round, rich flavor, with the hints of earth and spice that I really enjoy in a malbec. A gem @ 14.99.

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2007 Tapiz Cabernet Sauvignon

Posted on September 15, 2009 - Filed Under Cabernet, Red wines, Reviews, South American wines, Uncategorized, Wine Reviews, region, style | Leave a Comment

All in all, this is a light, compact wine. WS gave it 90 pts, I believe, which, in my humble opinion was a little generous.

Some nice flavors of spice box, cedar, and violet, but I think this is a wine that needs some time to ripen.

At $15 you can afford to pick up a few bottles and let them age a bit…but don’t expect fireworks right away.

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2001 Weinert Carrascal

Posted on September 13, 2009 - Filed Under Blend, Red wines, Reviews, South American wines, Wine Reviews, region, style | Leave a Comment

You know, sometimes I think wine flavor descriptions are totally arbitrary. On my wine tour last weekend, they were using phrases like “honeyed vanilla tobacco” and “chocolate-covered cherry.” Ugh. If you find a red wine, that actually tastes like vanilla tobacco, buy me a bottle.

Now, I bring this up because this wine actually mentions and tastes like chocolate. Yum! Its a dark, mysterious, and sensual wine; jazz in an alley. Sort of bitter, but it grows on you. Vino de Nosferatu….

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2002 Norton Malbec

Posted on September 13, 2009 - Filed Under Malbec, Reviews, South American wines, Wine Reviews, region, style | Leave a Comment

Justin says: Tastes like clay. Tasty, grapey clay. See, I don’t see what people see in reds. They’re fine. Bitter. Enjoyable. But where’s the pizzazz? The wham-bam-thank you-ma’am? This is, in truth, a very enjoyable wine, but I like Chardonnays. So blow me!

Brandy says, “Thick and rich with dark plums and warm hues” (she really said this!) “Reds rock and bring warm love to the world—very earthy and challenging for the sophisticated palate.” (Was that a dig?)

Russ says: Nota bene: I am biased towards Argentine Malbec. Tastes like clay? Well, la tierra del Argentina is fine by me. Qualities to look for in a Malbec: earthy, non-bitter (read: Spanish), not sweet (read: Shiraz), clears the palate quickly—this wine has these qualities, but not in spades. Good for the money, so give me a sharp, hard cheese.

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Navarro Malbec

Posted on September 13, 2009 - Filed Under Malbec, Reviews, South American wines, Wine Reviews, region | Leave a Comment

Justin says: Wow! The muthahfuckin’ malbec. Sweet, earthy, round. No wonder the Spanish rarely get syphilis! This officially transitions me to what historians will call “The Red Period.”

Russ says: I love the flavor of velvet earth, if by velvet earth you mean a great goddamned Malbec. This is Malbec country—the wine the Iberians wish they could make. Give me a better $10 Malbec, and I’ll be a happy, surprised, slightly drunk man, and I’ll cheers to you.

Shelby says: A fine example of why I love Argentine wines. A delightful combination of sweet earthiness, neither too sweet nor too earthy, where I think of mushrooms or the fungus/moss that grows on the north side of tree trunks.

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