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A 91 Point Mendoza Malbec under $15

April 20, 2011 Daily Drinkers  No comments

Did you see all of the CRAZY World Malbec Day celebrations on April 17th?  People in the streets, parades, free wine tastings, fireworks and food?  No?  You didn't?  Neither did I.

World Malbec Day sounds like a holiday made up by some trade association tasked with promoting this delicious wine varietal that's doing a fine job promoting itself.  It's kind of like boss's day.  Nice idea, but do we really need another holiday?

Now that I've gone on an Andy Rooney style rant about how stupid the holiday is, I have to admit that I actually drank a Malbec on Sunday.  Hypocritical I know, but I'v been wanting to try this one and Sunday was as good as any other day that ends in "y".  It's not my fault it happened to be World Malbec Day.

The 2009 BenMarco Malbec is as good as this grape

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A Seriously Good 90 Point Cabernet from Argentina $13.95

February 10, 2011 Daily Drinkers  One comment

It's well known at this point that some of the best values in the world are coming out of Argentina.  Argentine Malbec (or is it Argentinian? I never really know) and, to an increasing extent, their Cabernet over deliver in a major way especially when compared to what's happening in Napa and France.  But, in the under $30 price range, I've found many of the wines to be somewhat one dimensional, with some of the Cabernet having some green notes.

That all changed with Finca Decero's Cabernet Sauvignon Remolinos Vineyard.  When I took the first sip after splashing it into a decanter, all I could think about is how much it reminds of the 2005 Chateau La Vieille Cure, the 93 point Bordeaux I wrote up last month.  The complexity and rich mouthfeel are impressive, and while ripe, it avoids

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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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Pannunzio Malbec 2007- Best wine under $10?

June 22, 2010 Daily DrinkersWines under $10  One comment

Mendoza Malbec has been really hyped in recent years because it's a somewhat familiar wine to Napa Cabernet or Bordeaux fans and often comes at a much lower price.  As values for domestic Cabernet get harder and harder to find, Argentine Malbec is a great alternative, and the 2007 Pannunzio Malbec is absolutely incredible for the price.

This wine pours an exceptionally deep purple and has fantastic aromas that jump out of the glass.  It tastes thick and rich, in typical Malbec style, but avoids the syrupy sweet taste that some Malbec displays. The texture is really the highlight of this wine.  I can't believe they can make wine like this for under $10.   I recently drank one of Paul Hobbs' single vineyard Malbecs and was blown away, but this is 90% as good for 15% of the price!

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