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Nov
25

Bodega Noemia 2013

So many wine drinkers start with Argentinian Malbec that it has lost its lustre with the wine cognoscenti, most of whom now love to seek out small European producers. Even

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Oct
17

Blending and Terroir with Bodega Catena Zapata

At Catena Zapata terroir is an ongoing science experiment. The philosophy is science-driven decision making. Statements about quality are not speculative or driven by marketing but are rather backed by

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Oct
10

Bodega Noemia A Lisa 2012

Noemia has been making outstanding wine in Patagonia since 2001. They are overlooked by many sommeliers and wine geeks simply because they make Argentinian Malbec. To overlook Noemia is to

Aug
25

Bodega Noemia J. Alberto 2012

I haven’t had an Argentinian wine in at least two years. The country has fallen off my map for lack of truly distinctive, site driven wine. Indeed, Argentina and Chile

Nov
17

A Tale of Two Malbecs: Vina Cobos Bramare 2006 and Catena Alta 2004

Vina Cobos and Catena Zapata are two of the best producers of wine in Argentina. They also share a connection in that Vina Cobos partner and winemaker Paul Hobbs, a

Dec
31

Nicolas Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino 2004

Coupled with the Almaviva, this was the second wine I had to celebrate the end of the term. I have a lot of respect for Catena and am a huge

Dec
16

Catena Alta Malbec 2004

I picked this up on sale, making it a more normal price. I’ve had this before at the Catena dinner I attended and was impressed but not blown away with

Sep
20

Ciclos Malbec Merlot 2005

The final wine of the South American terroir trio is this Ciclos Malbec from S. Michel Torino Estate of the Cafayate region in Argentina. Cafayate is a high altitude region,

Aug
31

Ben Marco Malbec 2005

A gift from a friend giving me a lesson in South American Terroir. I found this Argentian (Mendoza) Malbec plummy, with a small amount of earthiness and very smooth if