Cautivo Torrontes $10.50
This is a young wine with a pale lemon green color,semi sweet to start off. Smells of flowers and herbs,and a touch of apricot and minerality to finish up.We love this obscure wine to drink on the patio, or just to make our moods better. Ahh....
The cool nights at Mendoza's elevation mean there's more than Malbec possible here. This 100% Chardonnay based bubbly offers delicious apple and pear flavors as well as a subtle touch of yeasty fresh baked bread. Soft and creamy on the palate, this is very easy to drink and enjoy. This drinks sooo easily and is ideal for holiday parties.
Colome Torrontes $13.00
A remarkable grape, unique to Argentina resulting from a cross of Muscat and the Mission grape. Glorious, rich aromatic nose leads into a solid bodied wine with perfect crisp brightness. Sometimes flabby, this one from mile-high vineyards shows great balance and character. Try with spicy Mexican fare or oily fish for a unique and wonderful pairing.
Durigutti Cabernet Franc $15.00
Say what? Now a Cab Franc from Argentina?? Argentina is taking over! With a dark intense color, hints of baked fruit, violets and vanilla. Nice soft tannins support the ample rich fruit. Argentina has taken another French grape and done it remarkable well!
Ben Marco Malbec $15.00
From acclaimed winemaker Susana Balbo, this shows intense aromas of ripe red and black fruits and some roasted coffee. Lush, full-bodied with loads of chewy, blackberry and cassis flavors, bright acidity, and a touch of grip on the long finish.
Malma Finca La Papay $16.00
From the small, cool climate region of Patagonia in Argentina comes this elegant and smooth Pinot Noir. This light, easy drinking red is bursting with cherry, raspberry, and a touch of vanilla from six months in oak. This is a relatively new region for wine, so buy these up now before people find out and the price doubles, it can be our little secret!
Wow, yes there is cheaper Malbec. There is cheaper everything. This is a focused, complex, intense wine that shows the high altitude with a core of acidic balance. Powerful sweet plum and blackcurrant fruit support a dark mocha and light vanilla stucture and the very full bodied taste loaded with spice and blackberries. The finish is long, lingering and velvety smooth. A great wine with anything coming off the grill.
Mythic Chard Viognier $19.00
A very remarkable blend. The chard brings body and acid while the viognier brings its magical aromatics. A bit of French oak shows through as well. Its Condrieu meeting white Burgundy and somehow it's everything in one bottle, soft floral, buttery oak, zesty acidity, good body. Enjoy this one because I doubt I will ever find another like it!
Catena San Carlos Cab Franc $25.00
Family vintners for over 100 years, the Catenas are recognized for their pioneering role in high-altitude viticulture in Argentina. This Cabernet Franc is sourced from the family's historic vineyards in San Carlos. Here, the sandy-loam soils and mountainous climate yield a wine with concentrated ripe red berries, a touch of eucalyptus and black pepper, robust tannins and smooth lengthy finish.
Colome Malbec $29.00
From the oldest winery in Argentina and the highest vineyards in the world. Elegant, robust and extremely well crafted malbec from vineyards at 8500 ft, 7500 ft and 5700 ft that each bring their own qualities to the finished product. Great with any grilled meat, especially prime rib and even filet. This wine is definitely brighter than most and its acidity is a perfect foil for the rich fruit.
Matilde Gran Reserva Malbec $62.00
From 85 year old vines in a single vineyard in Lujan de Cujo comes a monster. Big menthol, mint, blackberry and coconut nose. Flavors of spice, licorice, blackberry in a dense inky body. A cellar candidate for sure but smooth and powerful today after 2 years on French oak. Still holding on to some acidity somehow, a last meal accompaniment to a perfect ribeye.
Catena Zapata Nicolas $119.00
Picture a blind tasting where some Argentinian cowboys (and cowgirls) destroy some French first growths, not just once but again and again. Pricey yet, but actually the lowest priced wine of this ratings pedigree by a wide margin. As in repeatedly kicks Haut Brion and Gaya’s butt.