12 Jul 2010

Argentina Wine Part 2

Argentina Wine Part 2

The general overview is very positive. Wine culture and wine passion flows through the veins of most Argentineans and is reflected in their wineries, vineyards and wines. Talent is plentiful and the general quality of wines leaving Argentina is very high.

Despite its many year history of growing wine, the commercial success of this country's industry is new and there are sadly many rookies taking short cuts, taking chances and even being taken advantage of by unscrupulous industry con artists who promise fame and fortune and act as "consultants". They will grow as an industry and get much better over the next 20 years. We are very excited and encouraged by the plethora of seriously good wines coming from there as it is right now.
 
Here are favorites of ours:
 
Altos las Hormigas Malbec 2009 @ $10.99 A regional blend with the Mendoza appellation, this is a great party starter. The previous vintage was a top pick by the Wall Street Journal, this vintage is a Wine Spectator Best Buy.
 
AltoCedro Año Cero Malbec 2008 @ $12.99 This little beauty comes from the La Consulta subregion of Mendoza and is a steal at the price. This property also makes a really good tempranillo of all things (Mendoza has a very strong Italian heritage).
 

Posted by John 10:42:00

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