Now fifth in the world for wine production, Argentina is catching up in the quality wine sector. Unlike its Chilean neighbor, Argentina’s vineyards are spread out around the country. The best known region is Mendoza, which contains the sub-regions of Maipu and San Rafael. Grape-wise, the most important white is Chardonnay, making wine similar to California’s style on the variety. Another white grape, Torrontes, makes wines that are crisp and aromatic.
Bonarda Syrah Valle Escondido 2010, Gouguenheim
Tupungato, Uco Valley, Mendoza. Winemaking
: Aging takes place during 4 months in American and French Oak. Grape Variety:
50% Bonardo, 50% Syrah.
Tasting Notes: Medium to dark ruby colored. Shows the mineral side of syrah, with plenty of plummy fruit and hints of chocolate, violets and spice. Long and fruit-filled finish. Learn more about the Bonardo grape here.
Amalaya 2009, Salta
This malbec, cabernet sauvignon, syrah and tannat blend offers a rich palate of sweet, dark cherry fruit and white pepper, with flecks of mineral and spice. The finish is long, fresh and spicy, with silky textures that do not quit.
Intense violet red color. Aromas of fresh plums, dried figs and vanilla. In the mouth it has a sweet entrance, with good structure and a long finish.
This chardonnay presents a yellow greenish color with aromas of ripe pears, citrus, vanilla and mineral notes. On the palate, it is a clean fresh wine with crisp acidity.
Luigi Bosca Gala 2009
Predominately Malbec with Petit Verdot and Tannat
Luna Benegas Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Raw on the nose, with a hard, tannic palate that features sweet black-fruit flavors, a chemical burn and raisin. The more time you spend with it, the darker and more raisiny it becomes. Finishes roasted, with licorice and rock-hard tannins