Tasted: Spotlight on Argentina
Argentina, that land of silver, has in fact struck gold. With its varied climate that is somehow not too hot, not too cold, but just right, it has managed to take the wine world by storm. Thanks in part to emmigration from so many of the top winemaking regions of the world over the course of the last few centuries, Argentinian winemakers have proven that they have the skill and the patience to create world class wines loved by consumers and critics alike. We here at Quench have a great time trying new wines. We’d like to share that passion with you. So, in the spirit of fun and discovery, we’ve chosen three Argentinian gems for you to try.
Trapiche Single Vineyard Viña Adolfo Ahumada Villa Bastias 2007
The attractively perfumed bouquet reveals fine red fruit accented with cinnamon, clove and subtle vanillin. On the palate, assertive dark plummy flavours, with still somewhat aggressive acidity and youthful dry tannins need time to fully integrate. Give it 5 to 7 years.
Trapiche Single Vineyard Viña Domingo F. Sarmiento 2007
The nose displays great finesse with fine fruit, cinnamon, nutmeg and a light touch of vanillin. Plum and dark cherry flavours are wrapped in a still developing velvety, full-bodied texture with a deft touch of oak on the finish. Heavy dry tannins need time to soften. Best in another 5 to 7 years.
Catena Alamos Chardonnay 2009
Great value here. The Catena family in Argentina’s Mendoza Valley have been making wine for 100 years. Their Alamos line is very affordable and very good quality. Oily, apple nose with a whiff of oak, it’s ripe and spicy with pineapple and melon flavours, full in the mouth with balancing acidity.
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