Chocolate and mint with the essence of coffee drives the bouquet. In the mouth, this Malbec-Merlot blend is ripe as can be, with cassis, blackberry and chocolate all making their mark. The finish is secure and mildly tannic, while the overall take is that this is a ribald, rich South American red.
Layered aromas of cassis, berry, coffee and mocha come with regional Cafayate green notes. The palate is lively and offers ribald acidity along with red plum, berry, vanilla, spice and toast flavors. Turns more oaky the longer it’s open, with vanilla and dill on the finish.
Mildly raisiny on the bouquet. The palate is round and full-bodied, with blackberry and roasted plum flavors backed by smooth tannins and a chocolaty, savory finish. Heavier and warmer than some red blends, but not clumsy or overdone.
A funky, individual blend of Merlot and Malbec from the Salta region, with its ups and downs. The nose carries patented Salta aromas of herbs and green bean, but there’s berry scents and oaky mocha to offset that. The palate is forward and shows choppy tannins, while it tastes sweet, herbal and dark. As stated, this is a wine with virtues and pitfalls.
There are fumé blancs that are oak-backed and others that aren’t. This one is the former. The nose is full of toast and vanilla, while the fruit is on the ripe, weighty side, with peach, melon and lemon flavors. Fairly rich in the mouth, with whetting acidity.
The label says fumé and the nose leaves no doubt that the wine was barrel aged because cinnamon and toast are all over it. Yet the flavor profile is rather tangy, with mango and apple leading the way. Holds form on the finish. Not a common style for Sauvignon Blanc.