South American Wines

South American Wines
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, January 29, 2011

FLIGHT 1

2007 Finca y Bodega Carlos Pulenta Corte A Vistalba – Argentina, Mendoza, Lujan de Cuyo, Vistalba Lots of spice and floral notes on the nose. Cinnamon, cloves, lavender, and perfume. The palate is more fruity than the nose, but it still had those nice spice and floral flavors. The plum and cherry flavors are really good. (92 Points)

2007 Alvero Espinoza Malbec Cruz Andina – Argentina, Mendoza, Lujan de Cuyo An interesting nose of raisin and milk chocolate mixed with coffee bean and plum. There’s also a little blueberry towards the end. Very sweet tannins on the palate, the grip is pretty strong. Like the nose, it has raisin and chocolate on the front end, coffee in the middle, and plum and blueberry on the finish. (90 Points)

2006 Familia Zuccardi Tempranillo Q – Argentina, Mendoza, Santa Rosa A heavy dose of pepper and blackberry on the nose, with espresso and cherry underneath. Smooth on the palate, the espresso and pepper are really dominate. The dark cherry on the mid-palate is ripe, and the finish is quite mineral driven. (90 Points)

2008 Pascual Toso Malbec Reserva – Argentina, Mendoza Lots of graphite and cedar chips on the nose, surrounded by dark blackberry and roasted coffee beans. Rich and oaky on the palate, with good acid, the dark fruit really shines. The mocha on the mid-palate is nice, and the finish has lots of pencil lead. (90 Points)

2007 Finca Decero Amano Remolinos Vineyard – Argentina, Mendoza, Lujan de Cuyo, Agrelo An explosive nose of grilled meat and graphite, espresso and blackberry, cherry and floral notes. The palate has a huge grip with lots of tannins. Just like the nose, it has lots of meat juice, pencil lead, blackberry, cherry, espresso, and floral notes. (90 Points)

FLIGHT 2

2006 Bodega Catena Zapata Cabernet Sauvignon Nicolas – Argentina, Mendoza Spice and truffle on the nose, plus lots of perfume, cherry and blackberry. It has quite a bit of oak and it’s very rich. This is way to big and oaky. But it had loads of dark fruit. (87 Points)

2004 Viña Santa Rita Cabernet Sauvignon Floresta Apalta – Chile, Central Valley, Rapel Valley, Colchagua Valley The nose had a sweet, fake candied aspect to it. It was also viscous and spicy. The end had some berry and oak. The palate was quite tannic, but the incense undertones were nice. Slightly sweet, with more of that fake candy flavors. (85 Points)

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