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11 Feb 2009 2005 Sangiovese, Bodega Benagas, Mendoza
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The wine is priced 65 pesos at the winery.  The wine comes from 50 to 75 year old sangiovese vines located near the Luyan river.  The wine was made in the brunello style of wine — they succeeded very well!

Appearance: bright, deep ruby/slight purple core -> cherry rim

Nose: pronounced intensity with aromas of christmas cake, candied fruit, plum (after 30 minutes walnuts, cream sherry aromas developed)

Palate: medium+ acidity; medium (slight green tannins but not too strong) tannins; medium+ concentration; long length; flavors of dark cherry, baking spices, walnuts (with air).

Quality: Good to excellent due to the complex and layered aromas/flavors, good concentration, length and good overall balance.  You would hard pressed to know this came from Mendoza instead of Tuscany!

11 Feb 2009 2007 Enamore, Allegrini + ReNacer

This wine is priced at $40 USD.  The wine is blend of Malbec (60%), Cabernet Franc (23%), Cabernet Sauvignon (10%), Syrah (4%) and Bonarda (3%).  The grapes were dried and processed in the Amarone style — dried on trays before being crushed and fermented.  The grapes were cold soaked for 10 days at 8 degree celsius and then fermented using native yeast for 90 days in stainless steel tanks at temperatures between 27 and 29 degrees C.  The wine was aged in new French Oak barriques for 12 months.

Appearance: opaque ruby core -> water white rim

Nose: medium intensity with flavors of berry compote, blood plum

Palate: medium+ concentration; medium alcohol; long finish; flavors = berry compote, black berry, plum, slight savory element.  The palate is very dense, balanced from start to finish. 

Quality: This is a very good wine and well worth seeking out.  The wine will hold for many years and develop more complexity in the bottle.

11 Feb 2009 2006 Malbec, Punto Final Reserva, ReNacer, Mendoza
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The wine is a blend of 40% Uco Valley fruit and 60% Agrelo fruit.  The blend is Malbec (99%) and Cabernet Franc (1%).  The grapes were cold soaked for 12 days at 8 C and fermented with native yeasts over 17 days in stainless steel tanks at temperatures between 27 C and 31 C.  The wine as aged in French Oak barriques for 10 months.

Appearance: opaque ruby/black core -> ruby rim

Nose: medium intensity with aromas of spices (allspice, mace), anise, perfume, berry

Palate: high acidity; medium+ to high alcohol; medium, slightly green tannins; Flavors that match the aromas.  Note: green tannins picked up on finish.

Quality: good but green tannins distract from the finish.

Notes: Top 100 Wines for 2006, Wine Spectator (91 points)
Top 100 Wines for 2006, Wine Enthusiast (92 points for 2004 vintage)

11 Feb 2009 2005 Cavas de Crianza, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza
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The wine is priced at 30 Argentinian Pesos or $10 USD.

Appearance: deep ruby core -> ruby rim

Nose: Medium+ Intensity, clean ; aromas: black currant, very slight herbaceousness, red fruits, dark fruits, baking spices

Palate: high acidity; medium+ soft and round tannins; medium alcohol; medium+ concentration; long length; flavors: red cherry, cedar, oak, fruit tiannins, currant (red & black); slight dip in the mid-palate but overall complex and layered.

Quality: Good due to concentration, flavor and aroma intensity, overall balance.

Note: After 30 minutes, dried black currant became much more noticable, so the wine is probably getting near it’s peak (within a year or two).