“Bright medium ruby. Musky aromas of black cherry, blackberry, dark chocolate and fig. Lush, creamy and sweet, with well-integrated acidity energizing the dense black cherry, tobacco and fig flavors. Serious concentrated, juicy wine with sexy oak tones and a very long, slowly building finish featuring noble tannins. Conveys a captivating balance of sweetness and verve.”
“Bright ruby-red. Blackberry, cassis, bitter chocolate and violet on the nose, complemented but not overwhelmed by oak scents. Dense and sweet but a bit youthfully bound-up, with dark fruit flavors carrying a full load of oak.”
“Pale copper-pink color. Strawberry and musky lees on the nose, accented by subtle high notes of orange zest, fresh apricot and flowers (reminded me a bit of muscat!). On the palate, subtly sweet red fruit and musky lees flavors are complicated by an enticing earth note.”
“Full medium red-ruby. Blackberry, black pepper and black licorice on the nose (Alma Negra means ‘black soul’). Densely packed and juicy, with considerable sex appeal to its concentrated, chewy dark berry and bitter chocolate flavors. Not at all a thick style, thanks to its appealing balance of sweetness and acidity. Finishes with smooth, building tannins and subtle length.”
"The 2011 Alma Negra 'M' Blend, which consists of Bonarda and Malbec, has a very fine, slightly estuarine note that turns into a more floral, rose petal scent with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with a nice fatness to the tannins. It seems to have a little more extraction, but it remains pure and balanced with an elegant, satisfying finish of dark plum, red currant and minerals that sing harmoniously together. Excellent."
"The non-vintage Alma Negra Rose Sparkling is a blend of Malbec and Pinot Noir and spends six months on the lees. It has an attractive pale salmon color in the glass. The nose is fragrant with light strawberry, rose petal and orange blossom scents that are well-defined. The palate is crisp and well-balanced with fine strawberry and apricot notes towards the poised finish. This is a satisfying rose sparkler."
Good bright red-ruby. Sexy aromas of dark berries, smoke and game. Juicy, spicy and quite dry, with animal and flinty mineral flavors. Finishes with ripe tannins and very good length. This distinctive, chewy wine reminded me of a California charbono.
Pale orange-pink. Strawberry, minerals and a leesy nuance on the slightly reduced nose. Dry, subtle and fine-grained, with discreet flavors of strawberry and brown spices. Lovely understated sparkling wine with a firm, persistent finish and good cut.
Good bright ruby-red. Crushed blackberry, dark chocolate and minerality on the nose. Dry and minerally, with urgent blackberry fruit lifted by a strong violet quality. Finishes broad, subtle and long, with dusty, tooth coating tannins, and lingering notes of blackberry and licorice. A very successful blend.