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Algodon Wine Estates

Algodon Wine Estates
2012 Gran Cuvee Winemaker Selection, Argentina

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Other Argentine Red

Date Tasted:
Country: Argentina
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$55
Cellar Selection

Algodon Wine Estates
2012 Gran Cuvee Winemaker Selection, Argentina

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Other Argentine Red

Date Tasted:
Country: Argentina
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry pie a la mode, gherkin and cocktail onion, chocolate toffee, and conditioned leather with a velvety, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-long finish with impressions of roasted root vegetables, berry reduction, and grilled peppers with fine, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A sumptuous and elegant red blend with a deep core of robustly savory flavors.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, New World, Oaky, Rich & Full & Savory
Aroma Aroma: blackberry pie a la mode, gherkin and cocktail onion, chocolate toffee, and conditioned leather
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with impressions of roasted root vegetables, berry reduction, and grilled peppers
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Prime Rib, Braised Argentine Steaks, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A sumptuous and elegant red blend with a deep core of robustly savory flavors.

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Other Argentine Red

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
While Malbec from Argentina has taken the American market by storm, there are other reds produced in that country. Planted in only slightly less quantity than Malbec is a red variety called Bonarda. However, we usually use the term 'Other Argentine Red' to refer to wines made with blends of red wine grapes, mostly Bordeaux varietals. These wines are usually modeled stylistically after drier Old World claret style wines versus the juicy, fruity style of Argentine malbec that has become so popular.

Other red wines made in Argentina include Syrah, Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, Barbera and Cabernet Franc. As with most wine-producing regions, growers have learned which climates are most beneficial for particular varieties. Thus Pinot Noir is a specialty of the cool climate Patagonia region in the south, while Syrah produces notable results in the hotter San Juan region near the western border with Chile.