Cavas del Conde 2002 Malbec (Mendoza)
Jammy and woody, but not terribly complex. The fruit falls squarely into the grape and plum category, but there’s also some distracting green notes up front and on the herbal finish. Decent, but has issues. Tasted twice with identical impressions. Imported by Global Grape LLC.
Cavas del Conde 2004 Primacia Syrah (Mendoza)
Flat and raisiny, with a hint of orange peel on the nose. More saturated in the mouth, but bland in terms of primary flavors and jagged in terms of feel. Finishing flavors of prune, licorice and coffee are thick and less than convincing.
Cavas del Conde 2004 Primacia Merlot (Mendoza)
A lot of raisin and heavy cola aromas weigh down the bouquet in front of reduced, almost condensed baked-fruit flavors. A stewy wine with a saving streak of acidity in the middle tier.
Cavas del Conde 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza)
The bouquet is all about stewed, raisiny fruit. Heavy as lead, with sticky raisin and prune flavors. Finishes ponderous, with zero agility. Imported by Global Grape LLC.
Cavas del Conde 2002 Piedra del Molino Syrah (Mendoza)
Tired and lacking, with dusty herbal fruit aromas and hardly any richness or ripeness. Finishes rough while stirring no enthusiasm. Just acceptable.