Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Gin or Wine?

Easter wines included three from Argentina. Paul Hobbs of California has a Mendoza outfit called Vina Cobos. Their top wines are outstanding. We started the night with one of their mid-level wines, the Felino, Malbec, 2007. This is young and spicy with pomegranates and blueberries. Medium bodied, it makes a good aperetif sipper. The next day it had held up well and went well with lunch. Good wine, classic malbec, a little overpriced at $20.
The Eral Bravo, YBS, 2005 is 60% malbec, 30% Cab. S. and 10% syrah. Nice smelling wine. Mouth puckering and full bodied, the big tannins need time. The fruit is dense Caribbean fruit cake in quality. Good wine, but sit on it for a while. Worth the $25.
And now for something completely different - the Michel Rolland Yacochuya, 2003. Ya gotta love the simplicity on the label - very spartan. This is from the northern Argentine appelation of Salta, where the vineyards are high, close to the Andes. This is a monster of a wine - a cornucopia of flavours whacks your palate. 16.2% alcohol! Hold it in your mouth and it turns....gin-like with juniper berries and high alcohol coming through. I have to say this wine is hard to enjoy right now. Wait. Many Years. The next day it tasted Port-like. $65 - I can't tell you if I think it's worth until I try it in the future.


At 7:28 a.m. , Anonymous Lia said...

Ha, Ha,Ha,

Even a little baby wine!!

At 11:47 p.m. , Blogger Crush59 said...

oops,yea, didn't notice the baby bottle on the table...oh well, I think it had milk in least I hope it did...


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