“Good bright ruby-red. Slightly port-like aromas of crushed dark berries, black cherry, licorice and herbs. Rich and creamy-sweet but the flavors of dark berries, black cherry and chocolate are nicely framed by juicy acidity. Very suave, well-balanced bonarda with fine-grained horizontal tannins and very good length. Clean and highly successful for the variety.”
“Bright medium ruby. Very ripe aromas of kirsch, bitter chocolate, licorice and spicy oak; slightly porty but fresh. Densely packed and broad but not overly sweet, with good inner-mouth energy to the black fruit, violet and licorice flavors…. Finishes with fine tannins and a nutty oak nuance. This wine is showing better than the bottle I reviewed back in Issue 161, hence the new tasting note.”
Bright green-tinged yellow. Complex aromas of citrus peel, licorice, botanical herbs and jasmine. Chewy, with strong lemony acidity giving an almost tart character to the subtle stone fruit and soil flavors. Dry and sophisticated torrontes, about much more than merely fruit.
The opaque purple-colored 2009 Terroir Blend Malbec spent 12 months in new French oak. Richer, riper, and more complex than the Don Nicanor, this nicely proportioned, tasty effort has enough structure to evolve for 1-2 years and will be at its best from 2013 to 2021.
Black as they come, with saturated, jammy aromas of sweet berry fruit, blackberry syrup and toasty oak. The palate is lush and chewy, with black fruit, spice and herbal flavors. Toasty and black on the finish. A big wine with plentiful oak as well as purity.