2006 Bodegas Poesia "Clos des Andes" Malbec Mendoza (Elsewhere $30)

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92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Clos des Andes is 100% Malbec sourced from an 80-year-old vineyard in Lujan de Cuyo and aged for 12 months in 50% new French oak. Dark ruby/purple in color, it offers up an alluring bouquet of pain grille, pencil lead, spice box, and black cherry. This leads to a wine with excellent density, layered fruit, and spicy black fruit flavors nicely concealing enough structure for 2-3 years of further development. This rich, well-balanced effort will be at its best from 2010 to 2019." (12/08) 90-92 points Stephen Tanzer: "Bright ruby-red. Black fruits and licorice on the nose; a bit inkier and less expressive than the basic Clos des Andes. Then denser and deeper but less pliant in the mouth, with sneaky sweetness nonetheless, as well as a strong impression of minerality. Boasts more energy, definition and structure than the basic cuvee and will require longer to open. There's less easy sweetness here but the tannins are suave and the finishing flavors mount impressively." (Jan/Feb 2009) According to the Wine Spectator: "Bright notes of plum skin and blackberry are accented by hints of game. Slightly grippy tannins frame the finish, which lingers with an aftertaste of melted licorice. Malbec. Drink now."

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By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/6/2012  | Send Email
It's back! This wine usually doesn't last long. Rich black fruit and spice (oak) on the nose. This is a bit rich palate both from the 80 year old vines and winemaking. Rich dense black fruit, spice and cedar. A bit tight right now on the finish but this wine is built for aging.

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/26/2012  | Send Email
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A beautifully crafted old vine Malbec. This wine shows the intensity one would expect from 80yr old vines but at the same time has been made with great restraint. The rich dark red fruits are balanced with some fine structural tannin that leads into a long finish. This 2006 is showing a hint of bottle age that adds another element of complexity. Really great malbec and super food friendly.
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Malbec

- These days if you're drinking a Malbec it's probably from Argentina. The most planted grape in that country, varietally-labeled Argentine Malbecs are one of the wine market's great values, prized for their slight herbal component and dark, luscious fruit. Structurally, Argentina's Malbecs are much different than those grown in the grape's native France; they are riper, fruitier and fleshier. In France, the best iterations of Malbec can be found in the Cahors, where it can be quite decadent. It is also planted in the Loire Valley, where it is called Côt and is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Gamay, and in Bordeaux, where it has fallen from favor in many of the region's great blends because it is difficult to grow. In the United States, the varietal is frequently added to Meritage wines - Bordeaux style blends - but it is rarely found on its own.
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Argentina

- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme. Click for a list of bestselling items from Argentina.