Friday, March 09, 2007

Meeting Notes 3/9/07 (part 1)

Vine Connections with Chad Beverlin

Crios Malbec 2005
  • Produced by Susana Balbo
  • Deep vibrant color
  • Peppery, deep raspberry/blackberry nose - quite pervasive
  • Touch of inky fruit
  • Very ripe, soft and juicy qualities on the palate
  • Touch of tannin on the medium-long finish
  • Quite pleasant
  • (1+)

Medel Malbec 2004
  • Produced by Roberto de la Mota from 76 year old vines
  • Extremely dark and vibrant purple color
  • Smoky meaty nose with sweet vanilla scents
  • Mouthfilling, soft and velvety feel on the palate
  • A bit of grip and wood tannins blended with big flavors
  • Very good - 2600 cases

Mendel Unus 2004
  • Varietal Composition: 70% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon - vineyard planted in 1928
  • Quite dark purpley black
  • Smoky, spicy pine and over-ripe berries with a touch of alcohol (14%)
  • Juicy and deep penetration on the palate - grips your mouth
  • Good structure with some big tannins
  • Bold fruit, tangy and juicy feel - Big wine with a medium-long finish
  • Still tight and young
  • (2)+

Mapema Sauvignon Blanc Mendoza 2006
  • 30 % BF
  • Mellow nose with Guava notes and other tropical qualities
  • (Very Cold) but soft on the palate, much softer than NZ SB's
  • Juicy mouth quality with a touch of older wood
  • Elegant style with a fresh, appealing overall style
  • Very Good
  • Produced by Pepe Galante (Catena) and Mario di Paola (Chandon)
  • (2)

Ben Marco Expresivo 2004
  • Varietal Composition: 50% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Bonarda, 10% Syrah, 5% Tannat
  • Very dark, purple
  • Flagship wine for Ben Marco - made by Susana Balbo
  • Spicy over-ripe raspberry nose with wood scents and pepper spice
  • Mouthfilling, somewhat velvety and rich, but not sweet on the palate
  • Cab flavors come through on the finish - some chocolate and and cheries/berries
  • A bit of acidity and tannins, but very ripe qualities
  • Quite good - (2)+

Tikal Patriota Bonarda/Malbec 2005
  • 60% Bonarda/ 40% Malbec
  • Very dark, opaque purple/black
  • Sweet very-ripe berry, grape, black fruits on the nose
  • Generous feel on the palate with loads of flavors that wrap themselves around your tongue
  • Touch of tanins, but loads of flavor in the long sweet spicy finish - touch of mint
  • Finish goes on and on with sweet plums
  • (2+)

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