Sunday, October 4, 2015

Monthly Picks: October'15 - Argentina

This month we celebrate the well-priced, varied wines of Argentina by showcasing some of our recent favourites. From classic French varieties to home-grown grapes, Argentina can produce over-achieving wines at any price-point, though, our selections are all $16 or less (plus taxes) in BC.

Bodegas Catena 2013 Alamos Chardonnay - $13
Sourced from the high altitude vineyards of Mendoza, the wine does spend 6 months in a combination of American and French oak, imparting a myriad of spices on the finish and texture on the palate, balancing the bright, apple and peach flavours.
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Pascual Toso 2013 Malbec - $13
A fruit-forward Malbec with ripe'n'tangy blackberry and chocolate-cherry liqueur aromas followed by a bright, yet, approachable palate of similar flavours and added earth, spice, vanilla and light oak notes. 
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Michel Torino 2013 Cuma Torrontés - $14
A straight-forward, yet, impressively balanced Torrontés, sourced from organically farmed vineyards, offering an unctuous entry of plump, peaches and cream flavours leading to a citrus-y, refreshing finish where stonefruit, lemon zest and spice notes linger.
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Michel Torino 2013 Don David Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon - $14
Opens with a dense nose of cassis, blackberry, anise, pepper, toasted oak and Brazil nut aromas. Followed by a palate with similar flavours and a full-ish body from residual sugar that just stops short of being too sweet thanks to well-proportioned, fresh berry acidity and impressive, dusty tannins - especially for the price-point.
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Viña Chela 2013 Reserve Malbec - $15
A supremely smooth and balanced wine for the price point with an unapologetic, easy-going demeanour that focuses on pleasant, juicy and savoury aromas of sweet plums, spiced mocha and fig on the nose and delivers a food-friendly blend of blue fruits, toasted oak and savoury spices on the medium-bodied palate.
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Bodegas Escorihuela Gascón 2013 '1884' Reservado Cabernet Sauvignon - $16
A dark ruby-purple, fruit-forward Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendoza that delivers a Malbec-y nose of mixed berry fruit and spicy plum aromas followed by a more typically Cabernet palate of cassis and oak supported by savoury flavours and firm tannins.
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 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2015

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