Thursday, June 21, 2007

Mendoza, Day Five

Winter in the city - not bad when you can sit outside and enjoy a bottle (or two) of wine, eh?
And how about this hunk of steak? You thought this was a roast beef for 4 people? No way, we're in Argentina remember. This is the 18 ounce Lomo, and it is the first steak I have eaten that is so big that we had to order a second bottle in order to finish it. The first bottle was the Salentein, Cabernet Sauvignon Roble, 2003 from a multimillion dollar new Dutch owned winery in the Uco Valley. A spicy, berry nose with an ultrasmooth mouthfeel and silky, fine grained tannins. Black fruit and a long finish. A "good" wine, not quite in the "wow" category. The second bottle that we chewed through was the Luigi Bosca, Syrah Reserve, 2004 from the older, more established area of Maipu. This is a full blown, juicy, full bodied, shiraz in style wine. Almost sweet plums, very different in style from the Salentein cab. Wow.

Okay, I know you're tired of the views - but check this one out -
right after a snowstorm in the Andes.



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