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Review: 2010 Mairena Bonarda

By Duane Pemberton While Argentina clearly rocks the Malbec, there’s another little-known varietal that it does a good job with as well – Bonarda. Originally from Italy – largely grown in the Piedmont region – this grape has really started to take off quite well in Argentina. Technical Data:  Varietal: 100% Bonarda Vineyard: Ugartech Lujan […]

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2010 Tinto Negro Malbec Uco Valley Reserve – Review

By Duane Pemberton Uco Valley, in the Mendoza region of Argentina, have really high elevation with super-thin layers of top-soil. This helps create Malbec of exceptional  quality with great acidity – the particular fruit in this wine was sourced from vines that ranged in age from 20-25 years. Technical Data:  Terroir: Uco valley, located at […]

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2011 Graffigna Estate Centenario Reserve Malbec – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.graffignawines.com Since I’m sort of a South American wine-zealot, I’m always anxious to try wines from that part of the world I haven’t tried yet – as was this case with this wine. It’s a “reserve” malbec for a reasonable price so I was more than happy to give it […]

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2010 Ernesto Catena Tahuan Bonarda – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.siestawines.com.ar/ Bonarda, or Bonadra Piemontese, is a red grape that is primarily grown in Argentina. While it started off in the Piedmont region of Italy, it’s rarely found there anymore. Luckily for us, however, it has flourished in Argentina and now makes for a very nice wine experience. In fact, up […]

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2009 Andeluna Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.andeluna.com Because Argentina has largely built its reputation on the back of Marlbec, it might be easy to overlook other Bordeaux varietals that do well there like Cabernet Sauvignon. This Andeluna Cellars Cab is modestly priced at $12 and brings with it a lot of goodness for the money – […]

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2010 Andeluna Torrontes – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.andeluna.com I absolutely love Torrontes; it’s a white grape varietal grown in Argentina that offers tons of complexity and is priced to sell. There are only a handful of white grapes in the sub-$20 bottle price that I get this excited about. There’s no question that Andeluna is one of […]

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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. […]

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A white, pink and a red from Argentina

Most folks only think of Malbec when it comes to the country of Argentina and the reason is simple- it’s what “they do”, right?  Well, not exactly – they also produce a lot of other varietals that are simply rocking things out of the park at the price-points they’re able to hit. In fact, I’d […]

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2005 Andeluna Reserve – 3-way Round-up Review

Taking its name from it surroundings of the Andes Mountain range and the moon – this winery out of Argentina has given my palate a fever and the only perspcription is more of its reserve wines for an MSRP of $20. I’ve often held the Mendoz region of Argentina as a fine area for Malbec, […]

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2006 Andeluna Chardonnay

Winery Website: www.andeluna.com Argentina continues to make waves in the wine world by releasing kick-ass Malbec wines that marry price and quality – the likes of which has some wineries struggling to keep up with. You may be surprised to find out, however, that its white wine production is serious business as well and if my […]

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2007 Andeluna “Winemakers Selection” Torrontes

Winery Website: Andeluna Cellars MSRP: $12.00  It’s very exciting for me to watch other, newer, wine regions cropping up with such promise and one of the more recent ones has been that of the country of Argentina. Already known for its great Malbecs, this region is also producing some other interesting grape varieties such as […]

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What are you waiting for? Try an Argentina Malbec already!

This note goes out particularly to those California Wine-Snobs – you know who you are – the folks who are somehow convinced you can’t get a truly good wine for under $40 dollars. Hey, it’s not my fault that Napa wines are generally a rip-off and it’s not my fault that Argentina can make killer […]

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