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March 2018 - Argentina

March 2018 - Argentina
This month's Wine feature is Argentine Wines

Argentina Reviews

90+ Cellars 2016 Old Vine Malbec
93 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Dark black garnet color. Aromas of amarena cherries in syrup, dutch cocoa powder, stewed prunes, sundried tomato, apple cinnamon tea, grilled rhubarb, and menthol with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length chocolate covered raisin, cinnamon scone, and prosciutto finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A complex Malbec with raisinated flavors for fans of Ripasso wines.
93 points $11.99 Best Buy
Encendido 2014 Single Vineyard Barrel Fermented Cabernet Franc
93 points
$65
Black violet color. Aromas of prunes, raisin, roasted aliums, and sweet pea blossom with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long cinnamon stick, nutmeg, dry earth, and compressed watermelon finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A sturdy and serious Cab Franc with aging potential; fans of Ripasso wines may find a match here.
Inkarri 2016 Estate Bottled Cabernet Franc
92 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Perfumed aromas and flavors of sweet dark berry melange, violet petals, earth, and heirloom tomato and watermelon salad with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long fine leather furniture, gooseberry, soy sauce, peaches and cream, and fragrant toasty tobacco finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A beautiful and serious wine with a hint of sweetness; serve with zesty steaks.
92 points $13.99 Best Buy
Solandes 2015 Coleccion Roble Malbec
92 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Dark black garnet color. Aromas of ripe cherries, leather patina, creme de cassis, ginseng, and tar with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, medium-length blackberry handpie, raspberry leaf, and fine carpentry finish with medium, grippy tannins and moderate oak. This is a sturdy yet elegant malbec, with a long and persistent finish that shows off hints of restrained fruit, herbs and spices, with well integrated oak.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Encendido 2015 Evolution Single Vineyard Malbec
92 points
$30
Black violet color. Elegant aromas and flavors of raspberry-dark chocolate truffle, allspice leaf, sundried tomato, and graphite with a chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a smooth, distinctive, long grated cinnamon, cola, tart cherry pie, and cucumber finish. An inky, concentrated malbec that delights the senses; a lovely cellar candidate.
Inkarri 2016 Estate Bottled Malbec
91 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Dark dusty violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of boysenberry jam, eucalyptus, fertile earth, and blueberry pie with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length chocolate covered blackberries, toasty griddle cakes, mountmorency cherry, and salted blood orange finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A juicy high-elevation malbec that will hit the spot.
91 points $13.99 Best Buy
Inkarri 2016 Red Blend Estate Bottled Luján de Cuyo
90 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of leather, cocoa butter, cinnamon-sugar, and dried date with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and an engaging, medium-long carob, red peppercorn, and coriander finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A dry and bold red for excellent meals.
90 points $13.99 Best Buy
Alamos 2015 Seleccion Malbec
89 points
$20
Dark deep purple color. Aromas of medjool dates, sundried tomato, cinnamon bun, tobacco, and green bell pepper with a round, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length berry-vanilla taffy, chocolate bar with dried blueberries, and oolong tea finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A voluptuous and concentrated Malbec.
Alamos 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$13
Best Buy
Dark dusty garnet color. Inviting aromas and flavors of artisan cherry pie and vanilla-scented tobacco with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, stimulating, medium-length allspice, rose, leather, and stracciatella gelato finish with medium tannins and heavy oak. A juicy, velvety Cabernet that will be a weeknight homerun.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Alamos 2016  Torrontes
88 points
$13
Best Buy
Clear straw color. Sweet, floral aromas of wildflowers, dusty candied peach, honey, and violet with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, snappy rice paper wrapped orange blossom rice candies, dried apricot, and yellow cake finish with soft tannins and no oak. A heady, floral Torrontes with earthy Argentinean flair.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Inkarri 2016 Estate Bottled Bonarda
87 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Black garnet color. Aromas of cocoa dusted dried cherries, mixed peppercorns, chocolate taffy, ivory, and paprika with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a medium-length cherry stone finish with light oak. A nice, not-too-oaky Bonarda that will be very versatile at the table.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Don Miguel Gascón 2015  Malbec
87 points
$15
Best Buy
Dusty ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of cherry and raspberry coulis, sanguine, and charred coconut with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-length orange marmalade and multigrain toast finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A fruity malbec that will be a nice weeknight steak wine.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Alamos 2016  Malbec
86 points
$13
Best Buy
Dark dusty ruby color. Oaky aromas of plum compote, vanilla creme anglaise, sweet cinnamon pastry, and chocolate soufflé with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a captivating, medium cedar finish with woody tannins. An oaky Malbec with mouthwatering acidity.
86 points $13 Best Buy
Solandes 2014 Coleccion Roble Chardonnay
86 points
$16.99
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of asian pear, cheese danish, and cedar chips with a soft, shy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk buttered spice cake and baked apricot finish with soft tannins and light oak. A breezy chardonnay for casual sipping.
86 points $16.99
Solandes 2013 Coleccion Roble Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$19.99
Dark brick red color. Aromas of pomegranate, tomato juice, kombu, green peppercorns, dill, and za’atar with a gritty, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a medium-length cranberry skins, cedar chips, and cola finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A savory, table-tuned weeknight cab.
86 points $19.99
90+ Cellars 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$11.99
Dark dusty garnet color. Green aromas and flavors of grilled peppers and onions, garlic scapes, bay laurel, and honeysuckle tea with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, breezy dried cherry, demi glace, and dried orange peel finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A nicely structured, savory wine for the table.
84 points $11.99
Inkarri 2016 Winemakers Reserve Malbec
84 points
$17.99
Dark black violet color. Aromas of stewed plums, berry jam, stable floor, scorched sesame oil, and violet with a satiny, tangy, dryish medium body and a tingling, medium-length underripe strawberry and peppercorns finish with medium tannins and a suggestion of oak. A high-acid malbec for sangrias.
84 points $17.99
Inkarri 2016 White Blend Estate Bottled Luján de Cuyo
83 points
$13.99
Yellow color. Aromas and flavors of conversation hearts, baked stone fruit, fern, and dried lemon with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, brisk linen finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. An easy quaffer for anytime sipping.
83 points $13.99
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