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March 2017 - Argentina

March 2017 - Argentina
This month's Wine feature is Argentine Wines

Argentina Reviews

Finca La Malena 2016  Torrontes
93 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2017 Best Argentine White Wine, 2017 Best Torrontes
93 points $14.99 Best Buy
Chakana Estate 2014 Estate Selection Red Blend Mendoza
93 points
$26.95
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
Lucky Frog 2015  Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
Viniterra 2014 Serie Terra Malbec
92 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Viniterra 2012 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Maipe 2014 Reserve Malbec
89 points
$18.99
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
Chakana Estate 2014 Estate Selection Malbec
89 points
$26.95
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
Maipe 2016  Torrontes
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Nuna 2015 Reserve Malbec
88 points
$16.99
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
Omnium 2014  Malbec
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
Maipe 2015  Malbec
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Septima 2015  Malbec
87 points
$13.99
Best Buy
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
Finca La Malena 2015  Malbec
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Nuna 2015 Reserve Bonarda
86 points
$16.99
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
Viniterra 2013 Reserva Malbec
84 points
$14.99
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
Maipe 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$18.99
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
Maipe 2015 Reserve Bonarda
83 points
$18.99
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
Maipe 2016 Malbec Rosé Mendoza
81 points
$12.99
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
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