Category: Argentina

  • La Primera Rivancha Chenin Blanc, 2020

    We like us our Chenin Blanc. Like the simple Axle. Like the not too easy to find old vines Bellingham. Which, you know, we liked before. And before. And like the Le Parc. Or just search Huet on the site; it’s awash with short shoves for Vouvray So we had high hopes for this Argentinian […]

  • Trapiche Terroir Series Malbec, 2014

    The Trapiche TSM sells for $46 before tax.  There is no way. No way.  But it was $10 off recently at BC Liquor, and we picked up a bottle.  Light up a Cohibo.   Big, juicy, plummy on the front with a back end loaded up in tobacco leaf, medicine cabinet and nuanced spice.  Just […]

  • Vaglio Chango Red Blend, 2015

    From the cellar: Miracle in Mendoza. An Argentinian red blend that Gismondi recommended to lie down.  So we did.   It took a while to open (from sharp to warm and fuzzy in about 20 minutes) but was delectable with some air.  Not sure it had anywhere further to go, but as of now, five […]

  • Zuccardi Q Malbec, 2016

    Malbec is not our thing (in a major way).  And this Malbec, despite its serious points credential (witness the proudly displayed Robert Parker seal of approval), is really not our cup of tea.  There’s a line in the sitcom Difficult People where they tell an embarrassing story about Arthur, the PBS WASP drone husband of […]

  • Viña Cobos Felino Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016

    First, the 92 points are from James Suckling.  Not sure why, but I’m never on the same page as Suckling (or, put another way, “who cares about the points?”).  So that wasn’t the draw.  But the price was a draw; $28 reduced to $24.  Yes and yes.  And in the end, a lovely purchase.  Medium […]

  • Santa Julia Reserva Malbec, 2017

    It’s young.  It’s not expensive. It’s littered with pointster stickers.  And yet?  It delivers.   With some air and time and despite its youth this is just surprisingly good value, gorgeously expressive of Malbec, tasty, tangy, forward, food friendly, and easy on the pocket book.  Who woulda thunk it?   Price: $17 at BC Liquor […]

  • Vino Cobos Felino Malbec, 2016

    The worst Malbec is somewhere between chalk and unripe raspberry.  The best is like cherries jubilee, creamy and rich and assertive in its juiciness.  This is neither.   A slight but persistent bitterness overrides any enjoyment.  The predominant fruitiness is cough syrup.  The spicy white pepper finish is plainly unpleasant.   Moderately food friendly, forgettable […]

  • Tinto Negro Limestone Block Malbec, 2015

    The entry level TN Malbec will set you back $15.  It’s good patio value.  The Limestone Block will set you back double.  But it’s not twice as good.   With decanting and a little air this will soften up and beckon.  Previous vintages have scored highly with James Suckling and Robert Parker.  They like the […]

  • Vaglio Chango, 2015

    Gismondi liked this blend, liked it a lot, so we bought a couple.  He gave it 90 points.  I will trust his judgement, that it has legs (to 2020), and leave some down for the count, and look forward to next year, and the year after.  But today, opened today and even decanted and with […]

  • Clos de los Siete, Mendoza, 2012

    From the cellar: Easy to find, easy to drink.  Not sure why we’ve never posted on the Siete, a lovely red blend highly recommended.  For whatever reason, we laid some down a few years ago.  I can’t unequivocally say that two years made an enormous difference, but there’s no denying the silkiness and allure of […]