Alma Negra Malbec Sparkling Rose - Okay, who’s fooln’ who? this is a WHITE sparkler made from RED grapes. A Blanc de Noir! But they’re calling this a rose?!? Brut Nature, 4 grams of residual sugar per liter. A blend of Malbec and Pinot Noir from Mendoza. Utterly NO visible color from extremely limited skin contact! Pale golden color, yeasty and autolytic nose (8 mos lees aging). Dry lemon fruit with a clean, dry finish. Delicioso! Look for this at Epiciure soon.
Ernest Catena Padrillos Pinot Noir Mendoza. Most Argentine Pinot Noir comes from Patagonia, but not this one! Pale cranberry color. Second and third use American and French oak. Acidic, tart cranberry fruit, medium body and a long finish.
Ernesto Catena Padrillos Malbec Mendoza. Very light ruby color, smoky aromas, tart cherry fruit, high acidity, medium finish with little tangible tannin.
Ernesto Catena Tahuan Malbec Mendoza. Medium Ruby color. Red stonefruit and red berry nose. More tannin than the Padrillos Malbec. Tart black cherry fruit, medium body and medium finish.
Siesta Malbec 2014. Medium+ Ruby color. French and American 2nd use oak. Cherry with black plum on the nose. Medium+ finish,, very attenuated…
Ernesto Catena Animal Natural Vineyards Malbec Mendoza 2016. Medium garnet color, 30% new oak (50/50 French/American), 70% stainless steel fermented. Juicy nose, on the palate, soft red and stone fruit. There is an unusual aroma present. Spicy and herbaceous at the same time - it reminds me of composting green pepper - not exactly a pleasant aroma.
Alma Negra Red Blend. Bonarda, Malbec, Cab Franc. Dark ruby, sweetdark red fruit, More about ripe fruit and sweet/warm spices.
Alma Negra M blend - Bonarda/Malbec. Chewy dark fruit in a syrah-sort-of -way. Dark ruby, medium finish, medium+ Body. Medium+tannin, red stone fruit (black cherry).
Siesta Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon 2013. Lovely wine. Very integrated tannins, dark ruby color, deep black and red fruit on the palate. Lingering finish and Medium++ body.
Lajota (Napa) Cabernet. 1st vineyard ever on Howell Mountain. Black cassis fruit, big tannins, heavier body, long finish.
Lassegur Gran Cru St Emilion. 70% Merlto, 20% Cab Franc, 10% Cab Sauv. Chewy, earthy and black Bordeaux. Ripe fruit is eclipsed by heavy structure.
Galerie Napa 2014 Cabernet. Dark garnet/purple color. Juicy nose and palate (blackberry fruit), unfined, unfiltered, 100% cabernet sauvignon from one of Kendall Jackson’s finest vineyards.