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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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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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