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Snooth User: Charles Emilio

Non-Malbec Argentinean Wines

Posted by Charles Emilio, Oct 30, 2009.

Has anyone had anything of good quality from Argentina that isn't a malbec or malbec blend?

Everytime I buy a cabernet or a shiraz they seem to be way way over oaked with very funky finishes
I tried a Luigi Bosca Pinot Noir and my palate was tired after a glass and a half

Any recommendations?
Perhaps I should try the bonardas

cheers

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Reply by gregt, Oct 31, 2009.

Charles - they really haven't hit it with pinot noir yet. They're trying it in the south, but the vines are really young and there's just not a lot of experience with the land and the fruit to make great ones yet, at least insofar as those I've tasted are concerned.

Bonarda has one of the longest histories as until just a few years ago it was the most widely planted red. If done right, those can be really good. There is also a great deal of cab sauvignon planted that can be really good. In addition, some of the cab francs are very nice. Tannat is still a bit difficult and can be rather monolithic, but if you give it a lot of air there are three or four imported now that you can try and more are on the way. Merlot - I haven't had any great ones yet. However tempranillo is promising and there are a few tasty ones. And there are a few petit verdots around and a couple more on the way. For me, syrah seems to have a better future in Chile, which is good because I'm not a fan of the Bordeaux varieties coming from there.

And in whites, you can find good chardonnay and torrontes as well as palomino.

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Reply by deconut, Nov 1, 2009.

Try Pulenta Cabernet Franc 2005 - not sure what your pocket will allow but this wine can be found from $25-40 - it's worth it!!

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Reply by Simon Woods, Nov 2, 2009.

Love the Tempranillo-based reds from O Fournier. Also, Chacra Pinots are among the best in the southern hemisphere, although they're not cheap. Made by Hans Vinding Diers, who also does the Noemia range (they do some good non-Malbec stuff too). And while you're in Patagonia, the Merlot from Canale is OK, but not in the same class

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Reply by Antonio Briceno, Dec 14, 2009.

For sure Argentinian Malbec surpasses the expectations of many... Luigi Bosca excels there.

For non-Malbec, allow me to suggest Catena's Cabernet Suavignon.

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Reply by Normans of Texas, Jan 12, 2010.

In the whites, let me suggest Crios de Susanna Balbo Torrontes. Try for a 2005 or 2006, but any are good. My understanding of this grape is that it is a genetic mutation of the Muscat, which would explain that particular overtone in some of the bottlings. The Crios, however is a very surprizing wine. When I first opened it I got a remarkable aroma of white peaches and flowers (I remember thinking hyacinths). I expected a fruit forward sweet wine. I got a beautifully balance semi-dry with a particularly long finish for a white. Really fun wine. I would pair this with a grilled shrimp with butter sauce and a salad of spring mix and blue cheese vinagrette (for a bitter offset). Not terribly expensive either. Around $14 the last time I looked.

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Reply by amour, Jan 12, 2010.

LA POSTA HAS NON-MALBEC AS WELL.

LA POSTA ESTELA ARMANDO VINEYARD BONARDA (100% BONARDA)

Not so sure what prices are at this time.

CHEERS

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Reply by zufrieden, Jan 12, 2010.

Actually, there are lots of nice things happening in Argentina of late with many interesting claret-style wines that do, in most instances, contain a fair percentage of Malbec. However, some very good mid-rank wines also have a great deal of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (Norton Privada, for example) and taste like it. You might also like Clos de los Siete - also with about 45 - 50% Malbec but sizable chunks of Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah as well.

Catena Zapata has a very decent Cabernet Sauvignon varietal as well (no Malbec). I tried this wine recently (2006 vintage) and found it quite well made - if a bit closed up. As for Pinot Noir, so far I have yet to find anything worth the trouble of going out to buy.

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Reply by amour, Jan 13, 2010.

BODEGAS TERRAZAZ de los ANDES ....Cabernet Sauvignon MENDOZA ARGENTINA
creamy fruit flavours abound her !

CHEERS!

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Reply by zufrieden, Jan 13, 2010.

Yes, I've heard that the Cabernet Sauvignon is a kind of flagship for Terrazaz. I have not tasted it so will take up your recommendation and pick up a bottle on my next visit to the local wine merchant. Sounds like a winner.

Skål!

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Reply by IKAL 1150, Jan 15, 2010.

Would definitely suggest Torrontes as gregT did. Unlike Malbec, it is uniquely identified with Argentina (for now). The nose on Torrontes can have a lot going on with many different floral notes. We generally find the wines in two styles...
1) A dry crisp style like sauv. blanc (traditional)
2) A sweeter gewurztraminer style that has come about recently

We prefer the traditional style of Torrontes and hope you will give it a try!

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Reply by amour, Jan 15, 2010.

Thank you IKAL !
Will at least taste it !
Cheers !

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Reply by dare2wine, Apr 8, 2012.

Torrontes is great, bring the spring to you! try INSPIRATTO TORRONTES

And if you are looking for a Cabernet Sauvignon,, I recommend ZORZAL, from Tupungato the highest winery in Argentina. salud!


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