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.
Manos Andinas Malbec $12.00
Malbec done by hand and finished in 6 months of French oak for only $12. A great value from a small producer in Mendoza. Rich and smooth and better than many at twice the price.
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 $16.00
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!
Sur de los Andes Cab Sav $16.00
Flavors of roasted plum and dark chocolate with nice spice and oak. Good balance of flavor and power in this red blend from some of the highest vineyards in the world. How they get this intensity and ripeness is remarkable and delicious!
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!
Gran Toqui Cab $22.00
An inky dark beast in the glass, with big aromas of classic Cab cassis, boysenberry, blackberry, with subtle anise, coffee, and wet earth. Full-bodied in the Bordeaux sense, without being syrupy or jammy. Nice acid and tannin that make you crave a grilled ribbeye.
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.