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2016 Mosquita Muerta Sapo de Otro Pozo Blend de Tintas

That headline sounds pretty complicated, but it really shouldn’t be.  Put simply, this is a $20 Argentinian red blend comprised of 60% Malbec, 20% Syrah and 20% Cabernet Franc.  And it’s really good. The first thing you notice with this one is the heft of the bottle, that seems to weigh about twice as much …

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2015 Bodega Catena Zapata DV Catena Tinto Historico

Here’s an interesting red blend from Argentina that popped up in my Costco for $14.99. The name Catena caught my eye as they are a producer of fine Mendoza Malbec and many other reds that I’ve enjoyed quite frequently. This bottle pays homage to the family’s grandfather, Don Domingo Vicente Catena, who was known for …

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2013 Clos d’Argentine Malbec Reserva Winemaker’s Selection

Every once in a while this happens.  You find a bottle at Costco with a label and markings that catch your eye, signaling potential with an attractive price tag, only to throw a few in your cart and later find out that they don’t live up to your expectations.  This is one of those bottles. …

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2012 Tapiz Seleccion de Barricas Estate Blend

This wine showed up in the wood bins at select Costco clubs a few weeks ago. There isn’t a whole lot of this wine available on account of it being a single vineyard, smaller production offering from this winery. Tapiz is Spanish for “tapestry,” and this winery is so-named for the efforts of winemakers Fabian …

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2015 Kirkland Signature Mendoza Malbec

There aren’t a lot of wines priced at $6.99 that you would readily recommend to someone, but there are a handful of Kirkland bottles that always seem to fit that bill, the Kirkland Malbec being one of them (others could include the Kirkland Cotes du Rhone Villages, Chianti Classico, and Rioja). Love the new label …

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2013 Tikal Patriota Mendoza

I’ve written before about how wine is often situational, meaning that wines can taste different just in the environment in which they’re consumed.  And this wine falls into a bucket of being consumed in a “very optimal environment.”  That is: group of friends, nice spring day, vegetables and pork tenderloins cooking on a Big Green …

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