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Aosta Mar 3, 2008 05:55 AM

I am writing to gather up some recomendations about the finest wines of Argentina.......(my first experience with serious wines was in Buenos Aires about 4 years ago.....).

Some of you may smile at the association of "Argentina" and "fine wines", but, at the time, I thought this was "as good as it gets" for the prices I could afford (i.e. 20 to 30 US$).

Since then, when I have returned for my yearly business visits, I would always try finding a few hours in my schedule to stock up before flying home. (the "Terroir" wine-shop became my favourite Port of Call in terms of service and flight-friendly packaging).

In the last couple of years however, my taste has evolved and so maybe my interpretation of Argentina began to moderate...... I was no longer "amazed".....

As I rev up to my next trip I would like to ask the Board to name some their favourite Argentinean wines that I should look out for down there...... I have calculated I can take back between 12 and 18 bottles without going over-weight (I can dedicate 30 kg to wine).

My particular areas of interest is with Cabernet-Merlot-Malbec, maybe blended, certainly on the tannic, concentrated, long finish side of the spectrum. "Super Tuscan Style".

Budget of 30 to 50 US$/bottle - local price 90-150 Pesos (please also mention the Vintage).

Thanks for your support, and I will post with feedback.

Aosta

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    Chicago Mike Mar 10, 2008 10:56 AM

    Personally I've been most impressed with the Malbecs of Argentina. Something about the terroir is just perfect for this grape... sort of like zinfandel in california, IMO.

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      wildfire Mar 14, 2008 12:19 PM

      Argentina is definately known for its Malbecs! And there is a very good reason.

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      tiger2 Mar 9, 2008 08:10 PM

      I recommend trying the 2002 Henry LaGarde Henry Gran Guarda (Syrah, Merlot, Cab Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot) and the 2005 Achaval Ferrer Quimera (malbec, cab, merlot blend). Both are within the $30-50 range. Each winery produces these blends annually in small amounts with lots of care and attention- I think that any vintage would be interesting to try.

      1. ellaystingray Mar 3, 2008 02:34 PM

        I am a big fan of the wines from Bodegas y Vinedos Lavaque. They have a number of ranges in all different price-points so check out the website but I am pretty sure the wine you want is the "Felix Lavaque" blend from the Felix Lavaque line--also known as Vinas de Altura. I think the '05 is current vintage, i.e. the one most likely to be out on store shelves, but if you can find the '03 get it.

        http://www.lavaque.com/e_home.html

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          jjrzut Mar 8, 2008 10:07 PM

          If you haven't had any of Carmelo Patti's offerings get your hands on them! Also get out to Mendoza, it's great! I recommend lunch at Ruca Malen.

          Cheers!

          Jason
          www.jasonswineblog.com

        2. maria lorraine Mar 3, 2008 12:59 PM

          Here's a thread with lots of recs of wines/wineries from Argentina:
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/416942

          This thread on wine travel has some links to Argentina travel articles in
          The New York Times:
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/424257

          Good luck.

          1. 2top Mar 3, 2008 12:07 PM

            Don Nicanor, Cab/Malbec/Merlot, Niento Senetiner
            Trumpeter, Malbec/Syrah, Bodega La Rural
            Meritage,Cab/Malbec, Antonio Nerviani Reserve
            Crios, Syrah/Bonarda, Dominio del Plata
            Patriota, Bonarda/Malbec, Tikal
            Privada, Malbec/Cab/Merlot, Bodega Norton

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              cleopatra999 Mar 3, 2008 10:31 AM

              I am a fan of Argentinian wines. My favorite higher end is Ben Marco Expressivo 2004, it retails for about $45 CAD so it is probably around 30-35$ in the states. it is mendoza blend of Malbec, Cab sav, syrah, bonarda & merlot.

              I am envious of your trip, this is on our list of travels! enjoy!

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