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Indie Winemakers attended a trade-only tasting event that featured wines from Salta to Patagonia, Argentina.  Participating Wineries:
Andeluna Cellars ~ Bodega Dante Robino ~ Bodega Fin del Mundo ~ Bodega Norton ~ Bodega Septima ~ Bodega Valentin Bianchi ~ Bodegas y Viñedos O.Fournier ~ Bodegas y Viñedos Pascual Toso ~ Clos de los Siete ~ De los Clop ~ Dominio del Plata ~ Don Cristobal ~ Don Miguel Gascon ~ Familia Schroeder – Patagonia ~ Familia Zuccardi ~ Filus Winery ~ Finca Decero ~ Finca El Origen ~ Finca Sophenia ~ Graffigna Wine ~ La Riojana ~ Lavaque ~ Luigi Bosca ~ Pulenta Estate ~ RPB ~ Tamari ~ Terrazas de los Andes ~ Trapiche.

Our tasting started by comparing the same varietal from different wine regions.  Argentina has 3 regions and many providences within these regions:
North Region:
Salta Providence
Catamarca Providence

Cuyo Region:
La Rioja Providence
San Juan Providence
Mendoza Providence

Patagonia Region:
Neuquen Providence
Rio Negro Providence
La Pampa Providence

Each region had unique climate, soil characteristics that influenced the varietals.  The lowest region, Patagonia, has longer days of sun and a greater variance in temperature from day to night.  The soil is based on fossilized bones.  Clean ice melt from the Andes provides the irrigation needed.  This resulted in grapes of concentrated flavors and high acid content.  Pinot Noir, Malbec and Sauvignon Blanc showed very well.

The Cuyo region includes the famous Mendoza Providence.  Probably the best known wine producing region in the South America.  Many of these vineyards lie in altitudes in excess of 3,000 ft elevation.  Softer tannins and great fruit concentration are characteristics of this region.  Malbec, Bonarda and Cabernet Sauvignon showed well here.

The Northern Region has the most elevation, one as high as 9,000 ft elevation!  Shorter days are compensated by the incredibly rich soil prevalent there.  Torrentes and Chardonnay showed well.

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Featured Wine Of The Week – 2004 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – York Mountain

10% off Retail and free shipping for Mailing List members. 20% off Case Price

$36/Btl – Order Here

About The Featured Wine

The 2004 Cabernet comes from the Acclaimed Carver Vineyard in York Mountain. This vineyard has been voted best cab in California at the 2005 state fair. With such a small production, this wine was not submitted for review. Only 100 Cases Produced.

York Mountain AVA (American Viticultural Area) vineyards are situated at an average of 1,500 feet and benefit from low-vigor soil, steep slopes, long sunshine hours and cool coastal breezes. A perfect growing climate for Cabernet Sauvignon.

Summary of Tasting Event

This 2004 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was tasted on Oct 10, 2008 by a panel of 7 tasters in a blind tasting format. The winery suggests it be paired with Beef. Blue Cheese Crusted Beef Tenderloin is our suggested pairing for this wine. The recipie can be found on the website.

The tasting group’s most consistent remark was how this wine smoothed out with air time. We recommend opening this wine 1 hour before tasting. This full-bodied bottling has a beautiful, aromatic nose, an acid backbone, and a lush, velvety mouth-feel.

We noted classic Cabernet Sauvignon characteristics with concentrated flavors of black fruits and black pepper. There are subtle oak influences on this wine.

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Featured Wine Of The Week – 2005 Clacareous Vineyards Syrah

10% off Retail and free shipping for Mailing List members.

  • 2008 Double Gold, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • 2008 Double Gold, Central Coast Wine Competition
  • 2008 Gold Medal, 94 pts., BTI World Wine Competition
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    About The Featured Wine

    The 2005 Syrah was produced from Kiler Canyon Vineyard, a small single vineyard located on the Westside of Paso Robles. The vineyard is dedicated to Rhone varietals and is planted to specific clones of Syrah and Viognier.

    Summary of Tasting Event

    This 2005 Syrah was tasted on Oct 10, 2008 by a panel of 7 tasters in a blind tasting format. The winery suggests it be paired with BBQ meat or spicy meat. Carne Guisada con Papas (meat & potatoes) is our suggested pairing for this wine. The recipie is on the website.

    This was the groups’ favorite wine of the evening. We were all impressed with the full-bodied nature of the wine. More importantly, the bigness did not impact the smoothness of this wine. Look out Hermitage, this has the makings of another “Bottle Shock” story.

    We noted classic Syrah characteristics with concentrated flavors of black fruits, raspberry and black pepper. There are subtle oak influences on this wine. A long finish.

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After a long summer hiatus, we are pleased to launch our first Indie Winemakers Featured Wine of the Week, the award winning 2001 Chateau Clarke Grand Vin de Bordeaux by Baron Edmond de Rothschild

This week’s featured wine received 89 – 93 Points from Robert Parker. It is also a Decanter magazine world wide award winner – Commended

About The Featured Wine: This 2001 Grand Vin de Bordeaux was tasted on September 26, 2008 by a panel of 10 tasters in a blind tasting format. We found this wine benefits from the great, forward fruits of France’s 2001 Merlot vintage. We found lots of dark fruits and vanilla oak flavors. The background is soft tannins and the foreground is all fruit. Good long finish – well structured. This wine has been cellared to perfection! Indie Winemakers has a small allocation of this extremely limited wine for sale this week only.

The winemakers says “Color: dense and dark. Aroma: very charming and open. We get a lot of fine ripe fruit on the first nose with blackcurrent, raspberry. The fruit is associated with a light spicy a smoky note (clove, and a subtle wood with mocha and vanilla). This 2001 shows a lot of elegance and complexity on the nose. Palate: very supple attack, followed by a full midpalate. The tannins are fine, dense and ripe, we notice a fantastic balance with a beautifull acidity which brings loads of fresh black fruits on the aftertaste. Cellaring: this wine will reach a good maturity level in 2008-2010 and will still be able to mature for an extra 6 years in a good cellar. ”

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