4:00 to 5:30 pm
$10.00 per person
$5.00 is credited toward purchase of the featured wines below
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Argentina continues to impress with its stellar value wines and we continue to acknowledge this bounty ever so often as new vintages or new labels arrive. This Saturday we will be tasting two bottlings of Torrontés, Argentina’s leading white grape wine. These dry fruity wines are perfect hot weather sippers and do go well with vegetarian, shell fish, white fish and poultry. The Malbec and the Cabernet that will follow are most definitely not hot weather wines, but as long as you have air conditioning you are good to go.
2010 Don Rodolfo Torrontés, Cafayate Valley
LIST PRICE 9.99; OUR PRICE 8.99
This wine may come from the oldest winery, at 200 years, in the Cafayate Valley, but it is most definitely produced at a state of the art facility. The wine is aged for six months in stainless steel after being harvested by hand from a 30 year old vineyard. It has a very fruity, floral nose with white peach and hints of citrus. There is good volume in the mouth with complexity and balance, and an excellent fresh finish. Only 4% of Argentina’s wine comes from this valley, but it is “choice”.
2010 Colomé Torrontés, Calchaquí Valley, Salta
LIST PRICE 13.00; OUR PRICE 10.99
Cold fermentation brings out elegant floral aromas and at these temperatures a surprising amount of glycerol for that big mouth feel. One month of sur lie aging with frequent batonage (stirring) allows for extra complexity. The aromas of jasmine and honeysuckle in this wine progress into concentrated tropical ﬂavors of guava, apricot, Keﬁr lime and ruby grapefruit. The nice weight on the palate allows for a long and pleasing ﬁnish. Charming and complex, this is a delightful match for delicate ﬁsh and shellﬁsh, seared Ahi salad, risotto and Asian-nuanced cuisine.
2010 Don Miguel Gascón Malbec, Mendoza
LIST PRICE 13.00; OUR PRICE 10.95
A pure expression of the Mendoza Valley, this is a full bodied wine, showcasing flavors and aromas of blackberry, blueberry, plum, dark cherry, and a hint of mocha. The wine is elegant and rich in texture, with plush, round tannins and finely integrated oak characteristics. Final flavors of black spice and maple combine to create a long, velvety finish. Gascón Malbec pairs well with grilled red meats, wild game, pasta dishes and chocolate desserts.
2009 Amalaya Malbec, Calchaquí Valley, Salta
LIST PRICE 16.95; OUR PRICE 14.99
The blend for this wine is 75 % Malbec, 10 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 10 % Syrah and 5 % Tannat. It undergoes 4 days of cool maceration before fermentation. Even the malo-lactic fermentation takes place in stainless steel and then some of the wine gets a short stay in French oak. The wine shows fresh aromas of red and dark berries, green peppers and just a touch of smoke. It is medium bodied with the taste of red berries, spices, licorice and just hints of oak. This is a well balanced and easy drinking wine.
2007 Kaiken Cabernet Sauvignon, Ultra, Mendoza
LIST PRICE 18.95; OUR PRICE 14.99
Kaiken is the Mapuche Indian name for a Patagonian goose that frequently flies from one side of the Andes to the other. This is symbolic here only because the Montez Winery of Chile crossed over the Andes to produce great Malbec and Cabernet and thought the Kaiken name appropriate. The wine showcases red fruits flavors with black cherry aromas accompanied by chocolate and spices that enhance its elegance and complexity. This wine has a very long finish with an aftertaste showing chocolate notes and caramelized, condensed milk (or dulce de leche) flavors.
2009 Mendel Malbec, Mendoza
LIST PRICE 25.00; OUR PRICE 22.50
This Malbec was made from 84-year-old vines and aged for 12 months in 33% new French oak. The wine shows aromas and flavors of wood smoke, a hint of cocoa, Asian spices, incense, and black cherry. This is an impeccably balanced, wonderfully complex, layered wine. Give it 2-3 years to fully blossom and drink it from 2013 to 2021.