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- Amber Patenaude - 05-30-2001 07:22 PM

Does anyone know of a reasonably priced, good quality wine from Argentina, that is not represented in Canada (specifically Manitoba)?

- Bucko - 05-30-2001 08:59 PM

Amber, that is tough to answer since most of us have no idea what IS represented in Canada. Here are some of my notes from recently tasted wines from the area:

1998 Bodegas Balbi, Syrah, Mendoza, Argentina, $8. Big raspberry aromas tempt the nose, with added earthy and black pepper notes. The pepper is much more evident on the palate, melding seamlessly with the pleasant raspberry fruit. Rounded tannins allow early enjoyment. 85/90.

1998 Bodegas Balbi, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, $8. Blackberry, cherry and black pepper notes are recognized both on the nose and the palate. The tannins are soft, the acidity respectable. This wine is ready to enjoy tonight with your favorite grilled meat dish. An Allied Domecq Wines import. 84/89.

1999 Tapiz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza Region, Argentina, $8, 9,000 cases. Blackberry, plum, chocolate and cedar tempt the nose. Very smooth and easy on the entry, with straightforward blackberry fruit and modest mixed oak flavors. Has a long, sweet aftertaste. A Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates import. 84/87.

1999 Tapiz, Chardonnay, Mendoza Region, Argentina, $8, 4,000 cases. Tropical fruit, pear and vanilla abound on the nose of this golden yellow wine. Very soft on the palate, with pear, apple and vanilla notes. Drink over the next year or so. 83/88.

1999 Tapiz, Malbec, Mendoza Region, Argentina, $8. This dark ruby wine was sourced from 50-100 year old vines. Plum, coffee, and spicy aromas are repeated on the palate, with just a hint of black pepper peering through. Very soft tannins and acidity make this an early drinker. 84/88.

1999 Tapiz, Merlot, Mendoza Region, Argentina, $8, 9,000 cases. Plum, cherry, vanilla and dill spice abound both on the nose and palate of this medium-bodied wine. Velvety tannins make it drinkable tonight with your favorite grilled beef dish. 84/90.


- cpurvis - 05-31-2001 12:25 PM

BTW Amber, what are you doing up there? Setting up shop or other? cp

- Amber Patenaude - 06-12-2001 02:59 PM

There is a possibility of that. However, I still have alot to learn about the wine industry. Anything you know...send it my way!