March 2017 - Argentina

This month's Wine feature is Argentine Wines
Argentina Reviews
218739
Finca La Malena
2016 Torrontes
Brilliant silvery straw color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of lilacs, roses and orange blossoms, spiced lychee and peach, and key lime custard with a silky, tangy, fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long lemon spritzed melon and nectarine skin finish with silky, fruit tannins and no oak. A very tasting and attractive fruity, floral white with fine balance.
93 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218801
Chakana Estate
2014 Estate Selection Red Blend Mendoza
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of berry tart, herbal honeycomb, and pressed flowers with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, interesting, long spiced craisins, sundried and pickled tomatoes, and toffee finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A rich, concentrated red blend that reward now and in the future.
93 points $26.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218740
Lucky Frog
2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale straw green color. Fruity aromas and flavors of tropical fruit salad and grapefruit custard with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and an effortless, refreshing, medium-long green apple, spiced melon, and salted lemon finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A tasty, affable sauvignon blanc with fine fruit and balance.
92 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218720
Viniterra
2014 Serie Terra Malbec
Medium violet color. Smoky, herbal aromas and flavors of singed berry pie crust, charred nuts, deep fried dill pickle, and leather with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, captivating, medium-length dried sour cherry, honey cream, nougat, and dill juice finish with silky, chewy tannins and light oak. A fun, smoky, spicy malbec that will be fun to pair with.
92 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218718
Viniterra
2012 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Dusty violet color. Spicy aromas and flavors of pickles, spiced berries and nuts, and cedar box with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length sour cherry, sundried tomato, nutskin, and cedar finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A nice combination of fruitiness and savoriness make this a pleasure to drink.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218806
Maipe
2014 Reserve Malbec
Opaque ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of ripe mulberries, mocha and milk chocolate, fiddlehead ferns, and leather and crushed gravel with a crisp, dry full body and an appealing, medium-length finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. Enticing layering of nice flavors that reveal themselves with air.
89 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218800
Chakana Estate
2014 Estate Selection Malbec
Dusty dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of balsamic drizzled berries, waxy cherries, cocoa nuts, and cedar plank with a silky, tangy, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length pencil shavings, vanilla craisins, nutskin, and peppery spice finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A supple, silky malbec with ample fruit and nice restraint.
89 points $26.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218807
Maipe
2016 Torrontes
Light straw color. Floral aromas and flavors of floral bath oil and spiced peach-lychee compote with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, carefree potpourri and peach pit finish. A solid torrontes with a nice balance of fruit and floral notes.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218809
Nuna
2015 Reserve Malbec
Opaque dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of blackberries and dark juju bead candy, pressed violets, leather, and potters clay with a lively, dry full body and a breezy finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A good quality example.
88 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218721
Omnium
2014 Malbec
Bright dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe mulberries, candied violets, leather, and potters clay with a lively, dry full body and a charming, snappy finish with earthy, woody, firm tannins and moderate oak. A fairly good quality example.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218804
Maipe
2015 Malbec
Dark ruby black color. Rubbery aromas and flavors of black tea, pickle, and mulberry with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, brisk clay finish with fine tannins and light oak. A nice malbec for the table.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218590
Septima
2015 Malbec
Opaque violet color. Sourish, vegetal, odd aromas and flavors of pickled cabbage and borscht, stewed berries and rhubarb, and graphite pencil with a supple, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, quirky, breezy mulberries, cucumber relish, and ground nuts finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A very savory, slightly vegetal malbec for the table.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218738
Finca La Malena
2015 Malbec
Nearly opaque violet color. Toasty, fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate covered coffee beans, berry pie with graham cracker crust, dark nut brittle, and jasmine rice with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, roasted root vegetable, hint of blood orange, and pencil finish with fine, earthy tannins and light oak. A pleasant malbec for the table.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218808
Nuna
2015 Reserve Bonarda
Bright dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dark fruits and blackberry, tangy dark plums, carbon and salinity, and planked cedar with an dry full body and an appealing, brisk finish with earthy, crunchy, woody tannins and moderate oak. Lovely nose and flavors follow with good depth.
86 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218719
Viniterra
2013 Reserva Malbec
Opaque ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of dark fruits and blackberries, dark wood notes and charred, pressed red flowers and geraniums, and turned earth with a lively, dry full body and an intricate, swift finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. An average quality example.
84 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218803
Maipe
2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of dried berries and oranges and vanilla scented candle with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a warming, medium-length boysenberry pie a la mode, nutskin, and mixed peppercorns finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A zesty, peppery cabernet for the table.
84 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218802
Maipe
2015 Reserve Bonarda
Opaque brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of tart mulberries, leather and suede, gravel dust, and planked oak and salinity with a tangy, dry full body and a refreshing, rapid finish with dusty, woody tannins and moderate oak. Unique nose.
83 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218805
Maipe
2016 Malbec Rosé Mendoza
Pale pink topaz color. Yeasty, fruity aromas and flavors of soda bread with raisins, spiced berries, and moss with a soft, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a graceful, short cherry pits, lemon, and nutskin finish with light oak. A tart earthy rose for the table.
81 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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