Category Archives: Mendoza

2009 Pascual Toso Malbec Mendoza

I had this yesterday amidst a sea of Malbec, this really shinned. Dark ruby color. On the nose, youthful, blackberry, boysenberry, plum, leather, coffee, wet soil, spice, some oak, and subtle earth. On the palate, dry, medium tannin, medium acidity, very good balance, layered flavors with a solid mouth feel, and good length to the finish. Over-achiever!

2006 Pascual Toso Reverve Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza

I’ve always like their entry level tier wines, and visiting the property this past March really sealed the deal for me. Ruby color. On the nose, youthful but moving toward development, medium intensity, stewed black plum and cherry fruit, mint, leather, chocolate, with a wet dirt component, pretty oak spice, with not earth to speak to. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, this wine is complex, with a baked fruit element, good spice and bell pepper, with a delicious chocolaty finish. Worth a visit.

2009 Lo Tengo Torrontes Mendoza

Platinum color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, peaches, mango, grapefruit, with lots of white flowers, slight mineral, with no oak to speak to. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium acidity, flowery fruit cocktail, with a solid finish. Not overly complex, but there’s no denying the umami of this wine.

2006 Melipal Malbec Reserva

Dark purple color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, lots of dark berries, boysenberry, blueberry, blackberry, wet earth, bark, herbs, leather, spice, lots of New World Oak, with subtle traces of mineral and earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, pretty nice balance, dark inky fruit, with some coffee flavors coming through, above average oak, but it’s nicely integrated with the the fruit, and framed by some cigar and forest flavors. Solid Malbec with moderate length to the finish. Not as delicious as the Norton or Altos Las Hormigas but this drinks pretty well.    

2005 Proemio Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva

Ruby with some brown to it. On the nose, youthful but moving toward development, medium intensity, plum, cherry, pine cone, cedar, tobacco, caramel, some oak, and no earth to speak to. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, good acidity, balanced, fruity, spicy, oaky, with good secondary leather and cedar, and a moderate finish. Not that recognizable as Cab Sauv but a delicious wine, is this one that I should have packed a box and shipped some back to the US?    

2007 Enrique Foster Malbec Reserva

Ruby color with fuschia edges. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, blueberry, boysenberry, blackberry, coffee, leather, slight briary element, seaweed, some earth, and some oak. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, moderate alcohol, luscious and textured, spices a plenty, with some length to the finish. Good representation of Reserva Malbec, but not awesome, must revisit for further analysis!    

2008 Colonia las Liebres Bonarda

One of the treasures of the trip to Mendoza, Bonarda is originally from Italy. Black purple color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, black plum, blackberry, marionberry, clove, anise, mint, herbs, very perfumey and floral, not earthy, and very little oak. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, black fruit, blue fruit, spices, and nice length to the finish. This wine is a very balanced pretty wine with a true medium- body, perhaps a bit more than a rich Pinot Noir, but no-where near a full bodied Merlot. Enjoy with pork, chicken, or any of the wild birds, or pasta.    

2008 Alta Vista Torrontes

Platinum color. On the nose, youthful, med+ intensity, peach, pear, grapefruit, a fruit cocktail, white rose, lilac, no oak, and no earth. On the palate, dry, medium acidity, very pretty fruit and flower combo, with richness and weight, and moderate length to the finish. Very under appreciated white that more people should know about.