This black wine, despite being almost seven years old, remains rich and balanced on the nose, where ripe aromas of raisin and earth offer a slight herbal, minty edge. The mouthfeel is 100% thick and jammy, while flavors of prune, baked blackberry and chocolate lead to a chewy finish. This blend of Malbec, Merlot and Tannat is a knife-and-fork wine to drink now.
The chiseled lemon-lime aromas are minerally and crisp, with a touch of lychee. This feels light on its feet but shows depth, with flavors of citrus, green herbs and lychee. It’s smooth and fresh on the finish, with a green herb note.
The nose offers maple, roasted nuts and some deep black fruit. The palate is grapy and chunky, and the finish is heavily dosed with coffee and burnt wood. The overall sensation is slightly hot and tannic. For those interested, it’s from Yacochuya, in the northern Salta region. —M.S.
Roasted in scent, this has black olive and crusty, herbal berry scents. It feels ultratannic and hard, with a graphite note and heat on the palate, along with extremely earthy, demanding, burnt-tasting fruit. Too much funk here.