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07
Feb
13

Wine: Alma Negra “Misterio” Red Blend

MISTERIO

In our quest to find the highest quality wines at value prices, we blindly stumbled on the Alma Negra Wines from Mendoza Argentina. This particular Blend is named “MISTERIO” and overall, the blend is kept a mystery as the name indicates. The tale of this wine begins with the winery owner, Ernesto Catena, begins by selecting a Bonardo Base and a secondary wine to blend leaving his winemakers, Gustavo Marin and Jose Reginato, to select the complimentary wines to add to the blend leaving everyone blind as to the final blend.

“MISTERIO” is dictated as much by the art as the science and proves a huge red wine dominated by the Bonardo and Malbec variatals with a healthy dose of Petite Verdot. While needing ample time to relax and fully bloom upon opening, the wine presents an enormous bouquet of toasted oak and oriental spices and deep floral aromas. The color is a deep crimson hue with vibrant detraction of light that radiates and sparkles beyond the ability of most wines. The body, or weight of this wine is medium-heavy presenting on the fore of the tongue with light blackberry jam that erupts on the crest of the tongue into brilliant cassis, black berries, and black cherries transcending on the finish with a light leather riddled spiciness that cascades into a lovely finish of mocha and spice.

While this wine has the ability to knock your socks off today, it also has the ability to age into maturity from now until 2025 when it will deepen in its intensity and become more subtle in its nature. Like a good lover, this wine has the potential to make you smile for many years to come.

14
Dec
12

Wine: Alma Negra Sparkling Rosé Malbec

Alma Negra Sparkling Rosé Malbec

So, you’re probably familiar with malbec and know it to be a tasty, full red wine with deep, inky-dark color.  Would you believe that you can get a sparkling rosé wine out of it?  Well, not only can you get a sparkling rosé out of it, but you can get a downright awesome sparkling rosé from it.

Enter, Alma NegraSparkling Rosé Malbec.  This wine, like much malbec that we see in the US these days, comes from Mendoza, Argentina.  The winery is relatively young, starting with the 2003 vintage, although the vineyards where the grapes for this wine were grown have been planted for 18-20 years.

Calling this rosé may even be a stretch.  It looks more like a sparkling white, but there is the slightest pink hue to the color.  It is quite amazing to come from a grape normally known for its deep purple colors.

The nose offers a beautiful and harmonious blend of yeast, floral, lemon peel and raspberry aromas.  The palate is equally beautiful, with a mineral and citrus flavor that just tastes clean and refreshing.  It has a wonderfully creamy mouth feel too.  The floral notes return on the finish, which is also has a touch of salt essence.  This is a superb bottle of bubbles.

28
Mar
11

Wine: Rickshaw Pinot Noir

Rickshaw Pinot Noir

Rickshaw Pinot Noir

As always we’re on the lookout for a wine that is a standout at a bargain price point. Crushpad Wine’s Banshee Project is a winery to keep our eyes on for such products. For example, they are producing Rickshaw Pinot Noir out of Sonoma County California sourcing the grapes from pretty renowned vineyards that were (as I understand the story) “extra grapes” that weren’t going to make it to the market. Hence, they got a deal and pass the deal on to us, the consumer! I like to think of it as one of the best wines in an ugly label on the market!

Many of the high quality Sonoma Pinot Noirs that are deep dark blackberry with jam and spice retail well above the $40-50 range, but Rickshaw Pinot Noir retails just under $20- half the price of the wines of equal or lesser quality from the very same regions and (in some cases) the same vineyards.

The winemaker’s notes are as follows:

Rickshaw is a fun, lip-smacking pinot noir perfect for picnics, sneaking into movie theaters and other such shenanigans. It is a blend made from a couple of sources scattered throughout Sonoma County. The resulting wine has hallmark pinot spice on the nose and fills the mouth with juicy red and blue fruits. Very smooth. We have bottled Rickshaw under screwcap for convenience and quality control.

Being a Stelvin Closure, or screw cap bottle I typically would recommend this as a wine to drink sooner than later. And while it is phenomenal straight up today I’m willing to take a gamble and bet this jewel will become even more graceful on the palate in a couple of years with the potential to develop a little silky velvet and an even more nuanced sensation of blackberry jam subtly lit by white pepper on the finish- that is if you’re patient enough to wait knowing that it’s a winner today!




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