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2006 Mendel Unus Malbec

Definite luscious cabernet in the nose, dusty earthy and some minty eucalyptus in both nose and flavor. Smooth mouthfeel. Lighter on end-palate and in finish. Firm structure and moderate, well-integrated tannins. I would recommend aerating and/or decanting before drinking – which I did, but it remained a little too restrained for my taste. Recommended with reservations. BSE
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2005 Swinto Old Vines Malbec

Made from 100-year-old vines, this Malbec is gentle and pleasing. The nose has dry earth notes, and the flavor a slight spiciness. Dark berry compote with candied plum and burnt sugar, hints of cocoa, tobacco. Tinny tannins but a floral finish. Rounds out nicely with time Aerate and/or decant before serving. Recommended. BSE
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Palate Press Wine of the Week: 2008 Gauchezco Oro Malbec

The “Oro” is the reserve Malbec, and it’s a restrained version of the regular Malbec in the Gauchezco line. Here, there’s a very slight aroma of blackberry and leaf. Spicy, dark, cooked cherry on the palate, transitioning to milder dark red fruit in end palate and finish. Cocoa notes. Light, integrated tannins. Remember to open a half-hour before drinking, or decant or aerate first. Recommended. BSE
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2009 Achaval-Ferrer Quimera

Achaval-Ferrer is famed for producing extremely complex—and extremely expensive—Malbec, but their Quimera blend (made from malbec, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and petit verdot from varying locations and in varying percentages) is a steal even at forty bucks. Quimera is a demanding wine, with huge structure, dark fruits, and savory, herbal notes. It’s also a unique wine, blending the best of Argentina’s Malbec qualities with those of red grapes usually associated with Bordeaux and California—and in the best years it can age for decades, gaining similar complexity, nuance and elegance as its much pricier counterparts north of the equator.
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2007 De Martino Las Cruces Single Vineyard Old Bush Vines

Winemaker Marcelo Retamal is developing a well deserved reputation as one of Chile’s visionaries, and this field blend red (made mostly from Malbec vines planted in the mid 1950s) shows why. This wine is the full package: tobacco smoke, meat, chocolate, dark plum, juicy and silky—which basically means that the tannins are rounder and approachable now. Focused, expressive, and sure to be empty at your dinner table in before-you-know-it timeframes.
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2006年 浮士德 赤霞珠

酒庄主是一位在纳帕谷的重要人士,也是另一家更高端的Quintessa酒庄主的堂兄弟。这款酒闻起来有黑莓,桉树,大地的味道。丰富的口感似乎是由众多种味道融为而成:黑葡萄干,可可/巧克力,甚至一些南瓜派混合香料的触感。有水果味,但是单宁略微有些重,且酒有点“热“(14.5%酒精度)使它看起来有点不够平衡。一个给力的中等长度的余味还略带甜味。总之相比起来在纳帕其他较为昂贵的邻居来说这是一款相当不错的酒,可以尝试架烤牛排和它搭配。极力推荐。 标签:2006年,美乐,品丽珠,赤霞珠,加利福尼亚州,浮士德,Faust,马尔贝克,纳帕谷,小味儿多,Quintessa,红葡萄酒,酒评,酒