A pair of Argentina Reds from Septima Winery

There’s no question that Argentina – as a wine producing region – is on fire and that has mainly been because of its successful malbec wines. Due to a variety of reasons such as cheaper labor, land and grape prices, you can often find wine from Argentina are far superior quality-per-dollar than other leading regions.

2009 Malbec:

W.E.P. Rating: 90%

Technical Data:

  • Composition: 100% Malbec
  • Vineyards: Valle de Uco, 1100 m.a.s.l., Agrelo 1050 m.a.s.l.
  • Oak aging: 6 months in American oak barrels.
  • Analytical Data
  • Alcohol % v / v: 14.
  • Residual sugars: 4.90 g/l.
  • Total acidity tartaric: 5.15 g/l.
  • Volatile acidity in acetic: 0.48 g/l.
  • Color: Intense red with purplish highlights.
  • Price: $12

Nose: Plums, cedar smoke, tanned leather, cocoa, cinnamon and clove with a hint of blackberry.

Taste: I get a good mix of blackberry and plum-pie filling right off the bat – this is very fruit-foward, new-world style malbec. Decent tannins and overall mouthfeel, however, the finish is a bit too short for me – overall not a bad wine for the money.

2008 Cab:

W.E.P. Rating: 80%

Technical Data:

  • Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Vineyards: Valle de Uco, 1100 m.a.s.l.
  • Oak aging: 6 months in American oak barrels.
  • Alcohol % v / v: 14.2.
  • Residual sugars: 4.03 g/l.
  • Total acidity tartaric: 5.17 g/l.
  • Volatile acidity in acetic: 0.60 g/l.
  • Color: Deep ruby red with mahogany shades.
  • Price: $12

Nose: Spiced cherries, top soil, leather, sea foam, chocolate, roses and tar.

Taste: The top-soil effece and tar come on really strong at first and then lead way into a spiced-cherry frenzy. Decent mid-palate, however, the tannins are sort of weak for me and it always doesn’t finsih near as strong as I’d hope for. Not a bad effort at all, however, there are far more interesting cabs out there.