kelly magyarics

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South American Reds

I dida wine tasting last Thursday evening on South American reds. We tasted a bunch of them, including several Malbecs, a Torrontes and a Carmenere. Here are some standouts:

2003Casa Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Cabernet Sauvignon
Colchagua Valley, Chile
$20
Gorgeous ruby color, with a rich, deep aroma of blackberries and chocolate. Good, rich fruit on the palate, with grippy tannins. This wine can be enjoyed now, or it could age a bit to mellow out the tannins.

2004 Trapiche Broquel Malbec
Mendoza, Argentina
$12
A smooth, jammy Malbec with lots of dark berries and just a touch of spice. Would pair wonderfully with lamb chops or rib eye steak on the grill.

2005 Crios de Susana Balbo Syrah/Bonarda
Mendoza, Argentina
$15
A blend of 50% Syrah and 50% Bonarda (the most widely planted grape in Argentina). Not as inky, dark or "over the top fruit bomb"-y like some CA Syrahs can be. The Bonarda grape tends to mellow things out a bit, making for a lovely, easy drinking red.