Thursday, April 30, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
There is no better time to add more Malbec in your life!
· Argentine wine imports grew 43.2% in value & 34.1% in volume in 2008 vs 2007
· Malbec was up an even stronger 61% in value and 60.4% in volume
· Argentine wine imports have significantly outpaced ALL other major wine-producing countries for the past five years (see attached)
· Argentina continues to lead the other major wine-producing countries in both growth of dollar and case volume sales. February retail sales showed Argentine sales up 50% and 33%, respectively, over same period 2008, with New Zealand (21%) and Spain (13%) as distant runners-up.
A few Malbec’s of note…
Budini Malbec 2008 “One of Our Favorite Values…”Bon Appetit 2008
Crios Malbec 2008 88pts, Wine Spectator, 2008; Value Brand of 2009, Wine & Spirits
La Posta Malbec, Paulucci Vyd. 2007 90pts, Wine Spectator, 2008
La Posta Malbec, Pizzella Family Vyd. 2007 91pts, Wine Spectator, 2008
mapema Malbec 2006 91 pts, Wine & Spirits, June 2009
BenMarco Malbec 2007 91 pts, The Wine Advocate, 2008
Susana Balbo 2007 91 pts, The Wine Advocate, 2008
Luca Malbec 200792 pts, Wine Advocate, 2008, 93 pts & Top 100 Wine of Year (#82), WS 2008
Crios: Value Brand of the Year 2009, 2007, 2007, Wine & Spirits Magazine
All details on www.vineconnections.com
Friday, April 24, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
A Ripe Argentine Red for $15 or Less
Dominio del Plata Mendoza Malbec Crios de Susana Balbo 2008
Dana Nigro Posted: Friday, April 17, 2009 (Wine Spectator Online)
Argentina continues to gain recognition for its juicy, steak-friendly Malbecs, the country's flagship red variety. For a good value, look for the Crios de Susana Balbo line from one of the country's most experienced winemakers.
Susana Balbo has been making wine since 1981 and is one of the rare women at the top of the field in Argentina; she also works as a consultant internationally. She makes her signature wines at Dominio del Plata winery, a project with viticulturist Pedro Marchevsky, who has his own BenMarco label. Barrels not selected for the more expensive wine go into the Crios ("offspring") label, meant to be drunk young and priced around $15 (though I picked this bottle up on sale for $12). Along with the 100 percent Malbec, Balbo also makes a Crios Syrah-Bonarda blend, a Cabernet Sauvignon, a rosé from Malbec and a Torrontés, a floral white.
Tangy and minerally, the 2008 Crios Malbec showed bright aromas and flavors of sweet blueberry and blackberry; modest notes of vanilla and spice illustrate her judicious use of oak. It's straightforward, with a juicy finish and fairly plush tannins. I gave it 88 points, non-blind. It's great with a steak, but also enjoyable on its own and would make a great party wine. As a plus, the wine comes in a screw-capped bottle, and its distinctive label—a big hand (hers) encompassing two smaller hands (her two children's)—stands out on store shelves. With 40,000 cases made, the Malbec should also be fairly easy to find.