Rob Moshein of AustinWineGuy.com tastes and reviews wines for Wines.com. Featuring the Bodegas Norton Malbec Riserva 2007. Argentina.
Let’s face it. We all love to get a screaming deal. Wealthy or wise, office or cube, its always fun to find that magical bottle on a deep deal. This summer is one of a particular challenge. With our wallets getting tighter, and the heat getting hotter, we’ve assembled a few wine buys that we feel should catch your attention…
- 2008 Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc, a refreshing crisp pool side wonder. Apple, citrus, and acidity and minerality creates a soft finish. Under $15
- 2006 Ben Marco Expressivo, Malbec, Cabernet, Syrah and Petit Verdot, this wine is really boastful of blackberry flavors, smoke, spice and fig. Works wonders with a chicken sandwich or perhaps a blue cheese burger.
- 2004 McLean’s Farm Shiraz Cabernet is a special wine that overdelivers at a phenominal price. Dark, concentrated blackberry, cherry, cassis, and a hint of tobacco leaf. Comparible to wines that retail for $30. Take it home for $14.89
- 2006 Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, is just that…special, and a heck of a deal at $95 (reg $150). Headed to a dinner party, then you need a power Napa cab. This baby is best described as an iron fist in a velvet glove. Wild berry, cola, blackberry, concentrated cherry. Perfect with a select cut NY strip.
- 2008 Crios de Susana de Balbo Malbec offers an enticing bouquet of spice box, cedar, black cherry and black raspberry. Medium-bodied and full-flavored, on the palate it has gobs of spicy, savory fruit, soft tannins, and a lengthy finish.
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Argentina is an up and coming wine region in South America. The Mendoza region is the largest winemaking region in Argentina, with around 370,000 acres of vines. Clos de Los Siete is an oasis comprised of seven vineyards in the foothills of the Andes, south of Mendoza. I raise my glass to the manager of the winery, Michel Rolland who helped develop this Bordeaux influenced wine region. Rolland, a famed wine consultant to Chateau Pavie-Macquin, put together a group of Bordeaux wine families to invest in vineyards in the Andes foothills south of Mendoza.
The 2007 Clos de Los Siete is a supurb blend of 48% Malbec, 28% Merlot, 12% Syrah, and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, offering a bouquet of toasty oak, violets, mineral, black currant, blueberry, and black cherry. Ripe sweet and seamless, it admirably hides the tannin under all of the fruit. It is a 90+ point wine and $17 on sale at Wines.com. This price is quite modest, as it drinks better than most $50 blends.
At the home’s hearth, deep in the feelings of family and friends, lies satisfaction. Warm-hearted, fulfilling satisfaction – that feeling is drawn from many sources and they’re all good. Be it mother’s long-braised beef stews, a close encounter with someone special, or simply sharing a hearty bottle of red wine with those near and dear to you. Big, rich, lusty red wines set the tone so well, there is no substitute. Bordeaux, Super Tuscans, monster shiraz, spicy zinfandels, reserva malbecs – truth be told drinkin’ wine never gets old. Happy New Year from Wines.com!
If you looking for a good value wine, try a Malbecs from Argentina. I recommend the Telteca Anta Malbec. Old vine, reserve-level, solidly oaked, from the high desert in Argentina’s Mendoza province, this wine will redefine what you think about Malbecs. Telteca’s Anta line uses hand harvested grapes, vinified with indigenous yeasts and controlled malolactic fermentation. Twelve months of oak-aging, utilizing 100% first-use, new barrels, followed by nine months of bottle aging before release produces a Malbec of exceptional quality. Profound, intense red-tinged-with-violet in the glass. Thick black fruits and vanilla on the nose. Distinct, characteristic spiced red berries begin the palate attack, with honeyed, rounded tannins wrapping the package. An elegant grip, structure and density pervade this wine. All contribute to give this wine a value far beyond its modest price, around $17. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate agrees, giving the 2004 vintage 92 points. This is not your average grocery store Malbec.