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September 2017 - Argentina

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

Argentina Reviews

Allamand 2013 Altamira Malbec
95 points
$24
Black garnet color. Mature aromas of italian leather, wild mushrooms, berry coulis and cocoa nib, and balsamic kissed dark chocolate with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, complex, long fertile earth and raisin, lavender, tobacco and toasted coconut, and coffee crusted salami finish with earthy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A rich and decadent Malbec that must be a cousin of Bordeaux.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Malbec, 2017 Best Argentine Malbec
Trapiche 2016 Oak Cask Malbec
94 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Medium color. Fruity, jammy, fresh, funky aromas of blackberry, plum, pomegranate, and leather with a soft, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, stimulating, medium-long , and bacon finish with well-integrated tannins. A full-bodied, jammy, meaty Malbec with a delicate finish.
94 points $13.99 Best Buy
Allamand 2013 H Cabernet Sauvignon-Malbec
93 points
$44
Black garnet color. Mature aromas of spring garden, tar, mixed berry coulis, and dark chocolate dipped smoked meats with a lightly tannic, lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a thought-provoking, long fine leather, terra cotta, plump dried fruits, and cherry cola finish with firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak. An elegant and mature South American cab that will drink well for years to come.
Contempo 2016  Malbec
92 points
$10
Best Buy
Garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of forest berry relish with pine, frosted spice cake, fondant, and sautéed mushrooms with a slightly chewy, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long forest berry jam, dusty road and violets, spiced cocoa powder, and leather patina finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A crushable, juicy malbec for dinner.
92 points $10 Best Buy
Trapiche 2014 Broquel Malbec
91 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Garnet color. Spicy aromas of anise candies, cinnamon hot cocoa, cherry relish, and fruit punch and dill with a slightly chewy, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a subtle, medium-length dried cherry, chocolate soft serve, serrano ham, and plump raisin finish with well-integrated, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A layered and satisfying malbec.
91 points $17.99 Best Buy
Luminis 2013 Perdriel Malbec
89 points
$24
Black garnet color. Aromas of apple kombucha, spanish cider, fertile earth, and coriander with a slightly chewy, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, cheery dark berry filled pastry, vanilla icing, and lemon custard filled chocolate finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A wild ride of a Malbec; eccentric yet mature.
Contempo 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$10
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Aromas of freshly crushed cassis, fine leather, cherry cola and cinnamon gum, and preserved hibiscus with a chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, appealing, medium-length fresh blackberry pie, cocoa nib and wild mushrooms, nutmeg, and vanilla finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A nicely constructed cabernet with something for everyone.
88 points $10 Best Buy
Allamand 2014  Malbec
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of overripe strawberry, chocolate cherry gelato, freshly tilled earth, and overripe watermelon and tobacco with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and an intricate, medium-long cherry cola, licorice and cumin, dried dates, and roasted nuts finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A rich and satisfying Malbec with deep flavors that will pair brilliantly with beef.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Luminis 2015  Malbec
88 points
$17
Ruby black color. Aromas of sweet pea blossom, cedar plank, ammoniated cheese, and overripe plum with a slightly chewy, medium body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long raspberry jam, black pepper, stuffed red bell pepper, and shredded tobacco finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A savory and chewy malbec for rich meals.
Contempo 2016  Shiraz
87 points
$10
Best Buy
Dark violet color. Fruity, sweet aromas of blackberry and hibiscus tisane, vanilla and raspberry tart, white flowers and honey, and mango relish with a velvety, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length freshly turned earth, dark red apple skin, chocolate ganache, and roasted nuts and suede finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A satisfying rich and fruity red from Argentina.
87 points $10 Best Buy
Contempo 2016 Red Blend Famatina Valley
87 points
$10
Best Buy
Dark ruby black color. Elegant aromas of finely polished furniture, imported cherry liqueur, black raspberry, and pomegranate with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, breezy roasted nuts, marzipan, chocolate covered espresso bean, and sweet cream and mixed peppercorns finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A nice and juicy anytime-red.
87 points $10 Best Buy
Trapiche 2016 Oak Cask Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Dusty garnet black color. Inviting aromas of red cassis, rose water, and turkish delight with a lightly tannic, tangy, dry-yet-fruity full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length strawberry yogurt, rhubarb relish with pomegranate, leather, and cigar wrapper finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A tight and tangy cab for butter drenched steaks.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Altamira del los Andes 2013 Reserve Cabernet Franc
87 points
$28.99
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of leather, frosted spice cake, and rose garden with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length plump raisin, juicy plum, espresso, and butterscotch finish with well-integrated, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A fruit-forward yet earthy argentine cab with a juicy center.
87 points $28.99
Trapiche 2015 Broquel Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$17.99
Ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of mixed berry jelly, cork board, and pie crusts with a medium body and a peppery, delightful, medium-length juicy cassis and sanguine, honey covered panna cotta, allspice, and cigar box finish with clunky tannins. A nice cab with a big oak presence.
86 points $17.99
Black Box 2015  Malbec
86 points
$25
Medium color. Fruity aromas and flavors of blackberry, plum, milk chocolate, and violet with a medium body and a warming, medium-length finish with well-integrated tannins. A light-bodied, floral Malbec with a pleasant finish.
Allamand 2013  Pinot Noir
85 points
$18
Dull brick red color. Aromas of fallen cherry and preserved mushroom with a soft, shy, dryish thin body and a smooth, short dried cherry and cola nut, wood chips, bitter almond, and almond oil finish with clunky tannins and light oak. A red quaffer for large groups.
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