Bodega Septima Red Blend 2005

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There I was in the Parilla Pena, my favorite grill in BA, with three friends, when I discovered Septimo Dia. Parilla Pena (pronounced Pen-ya) is a ... Read more

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Snooth User: Mr Malbec
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There I was in the Parilla Pena, my favorite grill in BA, with three friends, when I discovered Septimo Dia. Parilla Pena (pronounced Pen-ya) is a legendary lunch favorite for Portenos who are lawyers, judges and businessmen, cause the courts are close by. It is special, amazing and not a tourist trap. Every November and December I go and rent a one or two bedroom apartment in Bs As for a month and work from there, telecommuting to NY. I am the only gringo in the place when I go to Parilla Pena. On this occasion my buddy Sebastian, who is a real oenephile, and not a lawyer or a Judge, said "I have a wine for you today." He ordered a bottle of Septimo Dia Malbec and showed off the classic 'etiqueta', or label, proudly. See photo. The waiter opened the bottle just as the ensalada de tomate y cebolla ( a sald of tomatoes and onions) was placed on the table, along with the house version of slices of italian bread layered with crushed garlic, tomato paste and more onion, then baked until ridiculously delicious. The wine was poured immediately, and displayed a thick almost purple color, a large nose, and a full, wondrous and velvety mixture of fruit, oak, more fruit and earthiness - just a touch - on the palate. There was a robust finish like a large wine should, but with little acidity. A smooth, large, finish. The aftertaste was of more fruit, but full, and almost like a sweet wine, but not. In other words, it was GOOD! And to my liking, better than many other above average Malbecs and blends. It is easy to get spoiled in a place like BA with elegantly knowledgable friends like mine, who can distinguish a wine from Rutini from Norton from Zapata, and who drink one of those giant Zapata bottles with the pen and ink drawing of Tikal at every wedding, Bar Mitzvah and christening they attend in the capital city. And this day was no exception. The recommendation was fabulous. The four of us finished the first bottle with the salad, and another with the meat. La Parilla Pena is just as much a wine store as a grill, with cases of wine everywhere, on the floor, on the wall, in a corner, even on the landing in between the lower and upper dining rooms (see photo). And if you like a wine you have there, you can buy a case and take it home. Which is what I did. All the way to NY City!!!! The family who make Septimo Dia in the Uco Valley south of but close to Mendoza are the same family from Spain that make that wonderful red bubbly wine, Cordoniu. This is rapidly becoming an area of supreme viticultural interest, as so many worldy families of wine are growing grapes now in the Mendoza region, where the mixture of heat, the big difference between temps day and night and the easier access to water if you hit a good well, make is comparable or even more desirable than legendary Mendoza and Lujan de Cuyo, where many of the established great names are growing and making wine. And the land is cheap now, 1/6th of similar land in Napa and 1/20th of terroir in Burgundy. In the region close to Mendoza, water depends on your legal land title and is delivered through a system of conduits and trenches that are opened from main streams by a giant water key, literally, at the appointed hour of the day of the week specified in your title. A man shows up in a Mendoza water authority green truck and opens the conduit to your terroir with a five foot tall key, and that's your only water - from the reservoir below the Mendoza river. In Uco, people are drilling wells and successfully hitting water and aquifers from the Andes and delivering a more liberal dose of H2o to their vineyard than under the 19th century system of conduits in Mendoza. On the other hand, being closer to the Andes means more destructive hail. One large American vintner failed in its experiment by failing to understand the water, and sold its vineyard for a song to a Bs As doctor. That doctor went and poured new concrete every inch of the way from the sturdiest trench in the river system all the way to his land, and saved the vineyard. I have been to many vineyards in the region, and some are quite modern, full of stainless, others not, and some in between, like La Garde, which is a must see it is so beautiful. I have not been to the vineyard and bodega of Septimo Dia, I will go in December 2010 god willing, but I bet they are using top quality methods to serve up such delectable wine. Their PR says the majority of wine they make is destined for abroad. That would indicate tons of stainless and no concrete swimming pools, like at Alta Vista. (WHo make GREAT wine, but I always wonder, where did those missing chunks of concrete in the empty pools' walls go? In the wine!!!) I did drink many of those 12 bottles from Parilla Pena before I left last January, and so I went to Winery, a famous outlet in Bs As, to find more. [] It is not easy to find but I did find another case. Winery is at 300 Corrientes, downtown near Recovo in Bs As. It is my favorite wine shop cause the staff are so helpful, but alas, not too much English is spoken. They will box all your fvorite Malbecs so you can take them home. They have a GREAT selection. Including the Zapata Tikal bottle of wine and the ALtos from ALta Vista. Two incredible, great wines. I shipped my wine home with United. I have done this many times. I saw the cases intact at Dulles when I cleared customs with them, and then rechecked them to La Guardia. At La Guardia someone dropped the Septimo Dia box from some altitude I think, cause a corner bottle broke, and the wine was copiously leaking when it came round the carousel at La Guardia. (I Love United but their luggage people and staff at La Guardia should all be fired.) But I took pictures, mailed them to the 1K frequent flyer desk at UA and all was solved. And I still had 11 bottles of Septimo Dia on hand. I did see some wine from Septimo Dia in a famous large volume store in Greenwich Village, but not the Malbec. Alas, I will have to go back to my beloved Bs As. to have some more. What a terrible fate! (I cannot wait; Hello? United?) This is a spectacular wine, and I urge you to try it and buy it. And then, enjoy it. I have drunk it to rave approval with steak, pot roast, and salmon. Full disclosure. I am an American lawyer with Argentine friends, clients, and contacts. I am no relation to Cordoniu, Septimo Dia, Parilla Pena or Winery. I just know a great thing when I see it. Best of luck in your wine travels and meals, and in Bs As, try La Parilla Pena, in the 1700 Block of La Pena. I t will be 1/4 the cost of all the expensiive tourist traps in Puerto Madero, the food will be better, and a more singular Argentine experience enjoyed. (Pronounced pen-ya). Order the Lomo. And a bottle of Septimo Dia. Mr. Malbec

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