Dusty left bank aromatics. Strong at 15 years - a medium to full bodied palate still vibrant and alive. A word on Drinking Windows - A UK source I respect greatly said 2016-2018 for this wine but this tasting showed there was a lot of life left - maybe another 4 to 5 years I would say. To be fair it is an inexact science. This the Argentinian venture of Right Bank Icon, Chateau Cheval Blanc. 55% Malbec, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot. There is no doubt you could mistake this as Bordeaux. An excellent Wine singing at 15 years. — 4 days ago
The 2014 ‘Nicolas Catena Zapata’ is a gorgeous blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon with the remainder Malbec, as this wine was first made with the 1997 vintage. Sourced from the La Pirámide Vineyard (3,117 ft) as well as the Nicasia Vineyard (3,593 feet) and the Adrianna Vineyard (4,747 feet) the wine starts off with a gorgeous bouquet of dark currant, blackberry pie, mocha and spicecake that all marvelously combine in the glass. The dazzling minerality and texture to the wine really creates a seductive edge to this beautiful wine. Blueberry pie, black tea, Asian spices and dark chocolate shaving flavors all come together as the long, mineral and dark fruit driven finish delivers a lasting effect. Delicious now, be sure to give this a two hour decant if enjoying in its youth. Drink 2020-2040- 95 — 16 days ago
Awesome... I used to buy 8 dollar Septima by the case before I could afford higher price points. Actually never knew until recently that that had more to offer.
This is a Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Tannat blend. Gran Reserva. Aged 18 months in French oak. 14.5 abv. A very deep red-purple, opaque color, leaning toward inky. Full bodied.
On open, very meaty nose. After 30 minutes, white pepper, ...
White pepper persists in the palate with wood and nuts entering the mix. Cedar and a hint of stewer blackberries. Nice medium tannins, low if any acidity. Big wine. I love it. Septima!!! Who knew???
92+ points — 11 days ago
Color of purple and red, a bit cloudy. Nose is quite plummy, ripe berries note, dried strawberries, a bit crayon, and a bit spice. Taste is mouth watering acidity, spice and pepper, a bit mineral, a bit milky, zest, and some juicy grapes. Aftertaste is some more mineral, and some more notes from the taste. — 13 days ago
This NV Argentine sparkler gives an orange tint in the glass. Fizzy with soapy bubbles, the wine carries almost no toasty notes on the nose and very few on the palate. Instead, it has an earthy quality, with a lanolin texture on the nose and red fruit on the palate. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, with an acidity that shows strongest on the swallow. It's an unusual sparkler which has the complexity of a still wine, but none of the highlights traditionally found in bubblies. There's an almost caramel quality on the finish. — 17 days ago
Last bottle of the Gran Estirpe, Malbec from Argentina. This go around decanted for 2 hours. Dark and red cherries, blueberries, cassis followed by musky wood and smoke. Vibrant acidity with cranberry candy finish and mild white peppers. soft to medium chewy tannin. The tannin doesn’t linger along the cheeks and tongue just quite enough, similar to the last bottle (but now I’m knit picking). Overall, decanting for over 2 hours definitely enhanced the flavour profile and allowed for greater appreciation of the wine’s complexity. Alcohol content 14.5%. Served with homemade red Thai chicken curry. — 16 days ago