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Malbec, a mere bit player in the cocktail that is Bordeaux, is right at home in Argentina. And the combination of Malbec and the other Bordeaux varietals, most notably Cabernet Sauvignon, can be sublime. Be it (from north to south) Salta, Mendoza or Patagonia (for Pinot noir, too), Argentina represents among the finest new frontiers in fine winegrowing. And, there may be just that little something extra given that many of its are vines on their own roots.

 
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2009 Bodega Tacuil Viñas de Dávalos Red Wine
From vineyards among the highest in elevation on planet Earth at just under 8,000 feet in Salta, Argentina. Bodega Tacuil also almost uniquely eschew the use of oak in their winemaking program, relying on a blend of 80% Malbec and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon from their very special terroir to communicate the blissful and most soulful remoteness of their situation. The wine is a lovely deep classic ruby in color with highly complex deep-pitched aromas suggestive of charred cherries, spiced plum and a fine winegrowing soil; a fine equilibrium on the palate, too, with poise and power and, at once, finesse and impressive length of flavor. ¡ Salta ! Regularly $100.00 the  bottle,  on  sale  now  at:
$75.00 the bottle  $450.00 the case of 6/750ml bottles

2011 Bodega Caro Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon Amancaya
Bright, deep ruby-red. Crushed blackberry and a whiff of menthol on the nose. Sweet, lush and intense, with a fine-grained texture to the cassis and blackberry flavors. Finishes with broad, fine but firm tannins and noteworthy spicy length. Rated 90. Stephen Tanzer, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, March/April 2013
$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case

2011 Lunta Malbec Mendoza
Lunta Malbec is produce of 100% Malbec from the southernmost parcel of the Mendel estate vineyard which lies in Lunlunta, a small district within Mendoza’s Lujan de Cuyo department as one approaches the Mendoza River. The vines are planted at elevations averaging 3,280 feet and are an high average age of 82 years. About ⅔ of the wine is aged in oak, ⅓ each new, one and two year barrels, and about ⅓ in stainless steel. The result is really, really good: dusty, arid soil-inflected aromas, earth, plum, dark cherry nuance of fine chocolate and mint; medium-full in body; richly-fruited with polished round tannins and bursting flavors; warm and invigorating to the finish; superb choice for heartier fall and winter cuisines. And absolutely splendid value!
$16.25 the bottle  $165.72 the case


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