More Than Malbec – Thursday, February 11, 2016

More Than Malbec
Thursday, February 11, 2016

Well,  Argentina is definitely more than just about Malbec!  Last night we tried different varietals and only one was a product with some Malbec in it.  Diversity is the name of the game for any wine growing region and winemakers can produce stunning results with time.  The favourite of the evening by a large margin was the Petit Verdot by Vina Alicia.   The lineup was as indicated below:

Catena Zapata White Bones Chardonnay 2012
Mendoza Adrianna Vineyard
Grape varieties: Chardonnay
White Bones Chardonnay comes from a select 27 rows within Block 1 of the Adrianna Vineyard first planted in 1992. This vineyard is high altitude at 4,575 feet. The wine is then fermented in French oak barrels at low temperatures to preserve the aromatics. A little over two-thirds of the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation. The name refers to the gravelly ground beneath the vines, which is covered with oval, white stones. The wine has a bright lemon yellow color with gold highlights. Aromas of pears and apples are underscored by notes of vanilla and white flowers and a stony minerality. On the palate, the wine has flavors of baked red apples, Bosc pears, and quince along with notes of creamy vanilla and baking spices. $140.99

Durigutti Bonarda 2014
Grape varieties: Bonarda

Brought to Argentina in the 19th century by Italian immigrants, Bonarda is one of the most widely planted red grape variety in Argentina. Also known as Bonarda di Chieri and Bonarda del Monferrato, it is grown in northwestern Italy around Turin. The wine is light bodied and fruity, full of cherry and plum flavours, with light tannins and moderate acidity. $19.99

Bodega Chacra Pinot Noir ‘Cincuenta’ 2013
Rio Negro Province, Patagonia
Grape varieties: Pinot Noir

A whopping 94 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate! The review: “They went for a slightly more reductive style in 2013, which shows as austere and backward in the 2013 Cincuenta y Cinco. That, combined with a cooler growing season resulted in a very elegant, subtle wine that is light-colored and has floral (roses, lilies) notes alongside wild strawberries and raspberries. It feels light but has very good concentration of flavors and enough clout, while keeping the poise. The tannins feel very refined, there is good freshness and acidity. It should have a very nice evolution in bottle. This would be the proverbial iron fist in a velvet glove. Bravo! 16,000 bottles.” $85.99

Clos de los Siete 2012
Uco Valley, Mendoza
Grape varieties: 56% Malbec, 14% Merlot, 12% Cabernet-sauvignon, 12% Syrah, 4% Cabernet-franc, 2% Petit Verdot

One of Argentina’s best-known and greatest value wines! Two friends, both wine specialists, Michel Rolland and Jean-Michel Arcaute were the initiators of the Clos de los Siete adventure. Seven investors, all wine-producers, share the Campo. It is divided into seven wine-cellars, and because of that, it is named Clos de los Siete (Vineyard of the Seven). Expect ripe sweet blackberry fruit, supple textures and a long smooth silky. $25.99

Durigutti Cabernet Reserva 2010
Grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon

90 points from the Wine Advocate! The review: “The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva has a lifted, floral bouquet with dark cherries, cedar and raspberry fruit. The palate is full in the mouth, but well-defined with a firm backbone and cohesive, red berry fruit laced with cedar and sandalwood towards the persistent finish. This is an excellent Cabernet that should age well. $29.99

Vina Alicia Cuarzo Organic Petit Verdot 2007
Lujan de Cuyo,
Grape varieties: Petit Verdot (95%), Grenache (2.5%), Carignan (2.5%)

93 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate! The review: “A glass-coating opaque purple color, it offers up a brooding bouquet of pencil lead, espresso, mineral, earth notes, underbrush, and blackberry. This is a dense effort that manages to be relatively light on its feet. There is plenty of structure under the layers of fruit and a minimum of 5-7 years of cellaring is advised. It will be fascinating to retry this beast in another 8-10 years.” $64.99

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