September 2017 - Argentina

This month's Wine feature is Argentine Wines
Argentina Reviews
221114
Allamand
2013 Altamira Malbec
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220938
Trapiche
2016 Oak Cask Malbec
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221119
Allamand
2013 H Cabernet Sauvignon-Malbec
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220944
Contempo
2016 Malbec
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220936
Trapiche
2014 Broquel Malbec
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221115
Luminis
2013 Perdriel Malbec
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220942
Contempo
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221118
Allamand
2014 Malbec
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221116
Luminis
2015 Malbec
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220945
Contempo
2016 Shiraz
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220943
Contempo
2016 Red Blend Famatina Valley
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220939
Trapiche
2016 Oak Cask Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220733
Altamira del los Andes
2013 Reserve Cabernet Franc
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220937
Trapiche
2015 Broquel Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220920
Black Box
2015 Malbec
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221117
Allamand
2013 Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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