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Argentina, Mostly Malbec

The 2013 Alma Negra M Blend was the favorite of the plurality of drinkers for its full fruited, oak inflected complexity. People thought the Tomero was well balanced and great for its price.
January 25, 2017


The Cuvelier and Lamadrid were also well liked, the former for its intensity, the latter for its rich oak and spice.

People either loved or did not like the Enamore. It di get colder during the tasting and later tasters faulted it for a lack of fruit to bridge its acid tannins and sweetness.

The Riglos was backward. and rather closed. Most people did not know what to make of it.



2014 Tomero Malbec Uco Valley: Purple. Shows aromas and flavors of red plum, dried figs, vanilla and spice. Very smooth finish. Very Good 14.99/bottle

2013 Cuvelier los Andes Malbec; Aroma: Light clean rager firm, herbal full; Mouth: Light clean firm sweet finish, pretty crisp; Very Good Plus 21; Mixed Case, 18.9; Case, 17.85

2013 Alma Negra M Blend: Deep dark ruby. Rich complex aromas and flavors including dark cherry, blackberry, flowers, black pepper, nutty oak and smoke with nice balancing acidity. Very Good Plus 19.99; Mixed Case, 17.99; Case, 16.99

2013 Lamadrid Cabernet Franc; Color: very dark opaque; Aroma: very light rather clean pretty , plump full; Mouth: rich rather oaky, rather full sweet tobacco & cola rich fine dense sweet syrupy full ; Very Good Plus 21; Mixed Case, 18.90; Case, 17.85

2013 Riglos Gran Malbec; Color: very dark, fresh rayher clean, rather full, ; Aroma: fresh lifted, , fresh clean pretty; Mouth: clean rather rich smooth rather fresh, centered concentrated, ; Very Good Plus 35; Mixed Case, 31.5; Case, 29.75

2013 Bodega Renacer Enamore: Dark ruby. Red berries, raisins and plums. Long finish with fine grained tannins. Rich and complex finish. Very Very Good Plus 28.99; Mixed Case, 26.09; Case, 24.64


1-25-17 Argentine Case: Special, two each of the above wines - $240

Instore only 1-25-17 Argentine Pack: Special, one each of the above wines - $127


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