This Malbec from the Mendoza region in Argentina is proof that you can find interesting and delicious Malbecs.
Unlike so many Malbecs from Argentina, which are often too thick on the tongue with high alcohol levels, the Nandu Malbec 2010 is very balanced with beautifully layered cherry fruits, combined with a nice level of acidity. Smooth tannins and a nice dry finish.
This Malbec will go well with food, but also with some aged cheeses.
This wine is a project of famous Napa valley winemaker Bernard Portet, who successfully captured the unique character of the Mendoza terroir in this delicious wine. His daughter Nathalie provided the artwork of the flightless bird, Nandu, which is native to Southern Argentina.
Produced and bottled by Bodega No. B-71607, Guaymallen, Mendoza, Argentina.
Imported by Polaris Wines, Napa, CA.
Philippe Raguenot Cotes de Bordeaux 2010 is a red blend containing Merlot (70%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (30%).
This is a traditional Bordeaux-style red blend that is medium-bodied with rather thick blackberry fruit and hints of spice and currant. The wine has medium tannins and finishes dry. I had expected a little more from this Bordeaux wine, but it’s still a good wine. Will work best with food (meat dishes).
Produced by: Raguenot-Lallez-Miller, France.
Imported by Campbell Imports Inc., Indiana PA.
Pinot Noir wines from Oregon almost always offer something unique and Jigsaw Pinot Noir (2012) from Ransom Wine Co. is no exception.
On the nose, this Pinot Noir resembles fields of roses and the very first sips make you think you’re drinking Champagne. Nevertheless, this is a Pinot Noir, with bright acidity supporting a fine balance of fresh cherry and strawberry fruit intermingled with hints of spice, earthiness and currant. Balanced tannins result in a smooth drinking wine, which for this price is an excellent value.
Vinted and bottled by Ransom Wine Co. (winemaker Tad Seestedt), Sheridan, Willamette County, OR.