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Saturday, September 19, 2020

South American Wine Sampler




South American Wine Sampler
1 bottle each of the wines below = $114.94
Special Sampler price = $95 / for the 6 bottles!

  • Agostino Familia Semillon / Sauvignon - Argentina
  • Agostino Family Red Blend - Argentina
  • Casas del Bosque Carmenere Reserva - Chile
  • Casas del Bosque Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva - Chile
  • Finca Beth • 2km Malbec Cabernet Franc - Argentina
  • Almarada Uco Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Argentina

This wine competes with top White Bordeaux wines!
2015 Agostino Familia Semillon / Sauvignon...$25.99
A blend of 80% Semillon (aged in oak) and 20% Sauvignon Blanc (aged in tank), the 2015 Semillon - Sauvignon Blanc offers a brilliant, ripe, sexy, medium to full-bodied style that’s reminiscent of a top Bordeaux Blanc. With lots of caramelized citrus, brioche, lemon curd, and floral aromas and flavors, it’s beautifully balanced and one serious white. It’s going to shine on the dinner table for at least 4-5 years, and I certainly wouldn’t be surprised to see it keep longer.
Rated 94/100 Jeb Dunnuck

Suggested retail $37 via Jeb Dunnuck
2014 Agostino Family Red Blend...$24.99
The 2014 Red Blend checks in as a blend of 50% Malbec, 20% Petit Verdot, and 15% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah that was aged 18 months in 70% new French oak. It offers a ripe, sexy bouquet of blackcurrants, smoked earth, tobacco and gamey meats. This gives way to a full-bodied, ripe, sexy wine that has sweet tannin and no hard edges on the palate, with beautifully integrated acidity, tannin, and oak. Drink it anytime over the coming 8-10 years.
Rated 93/100 Jeb Dunnuck


2018 Casas del Bosque Carmenere Reserva...$12.99
Deep red with a garnet hue. Aromas reminiscent of black cherries, plums and dry leaves are complemented with notes of chocolate and spice from the French oak barrels the wine was aged in. This Carménère is soft and plump, with supple tannins and good length.
Just a delightful mouthful of dark berry compote, plum, sweet red cherry, smoky vanilla and toasty oak spice. Excellent value under $17. Aged in oak barrel for 10 months.
Carmenère food pairings: meaty stews, vegetarian lasagne, slow-braised lamb shanks in red wine sauce. This Casas del Bosque Reserva Carmenère 2018 was reviewed on July 9, 2020 by Natalie MacLean
Rated 90/100 Natalie Maclean

2018 Casas del Bosque Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva....$12.99
Wood treatment: 100% French Oak
Deep red with a purple hue. Aromas reminiscent of black cherries, raspberries, mint and tobacco are complemented with notes of vanilla and mocha from the French oak barrels the wine was aged in. This Cabernet Sauvignon is lively and fresh, with supple tannins and excellent length.
Effusively minty, with freshly crushed red fruit and spice flavors that feature crisp acidity. Dark chocolate notes show on the finish. Drink now. 5,000 cases made, 2,000 cases imported.
Rated 87/100 Wine Spectator
Rated 91/100 Tim Atkin, MW (writer for Decanter)



Great Cabernet Value from Argentina
2018 Almarada Uco Valley Cabernet Sauvignon...$13.99
We had such great success with Almarada's Malbec we very excited to find out that made a Cabernet. Once we tried it, we knew we had to have it in our stores. This Cabernet leans toward Bordeaux in style. Nose of blackberry, graphite and a touch of tobacco. Medium to full body with rich fruit on the pallet and some nice silky tannins on the finish.
Antonio Mas was born in Mendoza and holds a BA in Agronomy from Universidad Nacional de Cuyo. He has devoted his time to study every clone from the varieties he has cultivated and vinified and is one of the leading experts in his field. In 1992 he established the first Argentinean boutique winery: Finca La Anita. Antonio was inspired by the concept of French Choteau: vineyards of great genetic and variety purity, identifying clones of every variety, and growing grapes and vinify them near the same place where they were planted, from specific plots, true single vineyards. In 2010


2016 Finca Beth • 2km Malbec Cabernet Franc...$23.99
Suggested retail is $35
65% Malbec, 35% Cabernet Franc.
Sustainable Non-Certified
Less than 600 cases bottled
Now that the range has grown, the name of the original wine has been extended from simply 2km to 2016 2km Malbec Cabernet Franc, a blend of 65% Malbec with 35% Cabernet Franc. The two grapes fermented together in concrete eggs. Part of the wine matured in 500-liter oak barrels and the rest in 225-liter barriques for some 14 months. The style, source and process have not changed since the initial 2013 vintage. There's something earthy, floral (violets) and notes of wild berries and herbs. The palate reveals the signature chalky tannins from the limestone-rich soils from Altamira and that special tastiness and mouthfeel. 6,500 bottles were filled in August 2017.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 91/100 Jeb Dunnuck

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