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A 91 Point Argentine Red for $16 – Tikal Patriota 2009

November 11, 2011 Cellar WorthyDaily Drinkers  No comments

Tikal's "Patriota" is a blend of Argentina's two most widely planted grapes, Malbec (40%) and Bonarda (60%).  Ever heard of the Bonarda grape?  Neither have I.

If you're wondering what this wine tastes like with the Bonarda grape blended in, I would put it somewhere between a Malbec and a cool climate Syrah, which is to say it has the rich opulence and smooth tannin of a Malbec with the persistent acid and slight tartness of a cool climate Syrah.  It's a really nice combination.

This and the other Tikal wines have been getting blockbuster scores for a few years now, so I guess it's time I gave one a try.  It's getting cold outside and this is the perfect wine for the change of seasons.  It's spicy, bold and aromatic - many wines can say that.  But Tikal Patriota maintains a

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Crios De Susana Balbo Cabernet Sauvignon- 90 pt Mendoza value $10.95

December 9, 2010 Daily Drinkers  One comment

Argentina is known for Malbec but Cabernet comes in a close second, albeit from a different angle.  Argentinian Malbec is sweet, ripe and often syrupy- a very "new world" style.  Because of the cooler, high altitude climate, their Cabernet tends to be a more restrained style, somewhere between new and old world, which is why it's featured in many of Mendoza's high-end blends.  This wine is more Washington than Napa.

Winemaker Susana Balbo's second wine "Crios", or offspring, is a perfect daily drinking value at $10.95, which is the lowest price on my Interweb Machine.  Jay Miller of Robert Parker's Wine Advocate gave it 90+ points, making it one of the lowest priced 90 point Cabernets in recent memory.  Firm and balanced with French roast coffee, this wine is bottled unfined and

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A Delicious Mendoza Argentina Malbec for Under $10

November 8, 2010 Daily DrinkersWines under $10  One comment

In the under $10 price range you will be hard pressed to find better red wines than those from Mendoza, Argentina.  Malbec, Chardonnay and to a lesser degree, Cabernet, thrive there and with over 350,000 acres of vineyards (roughly 8x Napa), there is no shortage of wine produced.  Because importers need to make a serious investment in order to get wines into the United States, there is a sort of natural quality control, that occurs with many foreign wines.

The 2007 Bodega Domiciano de Barrancas Malbec Cosecha Nocturna is definitely at the top of the heap in terms of value at $8.99.  From start to finish, it has absolutely no rough edges, which is exceptionally rare in this price range.  This Malbec pours a deep ruby/purple and has a beautiful bright nose of cherry and raspberry.  Not

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Calatayud Malbec- Another great value from Argentina $6.99

October 4, 2010 Daily DrinkersWines under $10  No comments

What do you get when you leave the vintage and the region off the label of an Argentine Malbec?  A dramatically under priced wine.  Apparently because of some regulatory issues, they had to leave off the vintage and region on this wine.  It's a 2008 from Mendoza for the record.

It's well known that Argentina makes some of the best values in the wine world, but at under $7, this has to be at the top of the heap.  It's rich and fruity but not as ripe or syrupy as some Malbec.  I would describe this as a Bordeaux lover's Malbec.  Tight and focused, with a particularly long finish, this wine easily shows 2-3x its price.

Argentinian Malbec is grown at exceptionally high altitudes - around 3600 feet in this case.  That makes for warm days and cool nights, which is perfect for grape

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Paul Hobbs Bramare Vina Cobos Malbec 2008- By popular demand. $34.95

September 20, 2010 Cellar WorthyHigh End Values  No comments

We've had a lot of requests for our favorite Malbecs, so here is mine!

Paul Hobbs has been producing highly acclaimed California wines since the early 90's and after much success in The States, he added Argentina to his portfolio in 1999.  Since then Vina Cobos Malbec and Cabernet have earned huge scores at comparatively fantastic values, especially starting with the 2005 vintage.  This particular wine slots in the middle of Hobbs' Argentine lineup and is, in my opinion, the best value.

Incredibly dense, inky and almost black in the glass, this wine has Malbec written all over it.  But where Paul Hobbs' Malbec excels over many others is in the 'finesse' department.  Make no mistake, this is a huge, high alcohol Malbec, but subtleties manage to come through even with relatively

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