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Weekend Wines Dec 7-9, 2012

This weekend we popped one wine we know well and one we don’t.  Here are the tasting notes:

Wine:   Finca Flichman Paisage de Barrancas            Winery Location:  Argentina

Tasted By:      Neil                                                             Date:      Dec 7, 2012

Tasting Notes:   This is a blend of Syrah, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.  Unfortunately this bottle had a very slight corkiness to it.  This tended to fade with a little exposure to air, and was mostly gone the next day.  The wine is very fruity, and I got some melon aromas.  Smooth with no rough edges, it is full bodied and long.  Very nice if the corkiness wasn’t there.  We’ll make sure the next bottle doesn’t have that corkiness to it so we can just chalk it up to a bad cork.

Price Point –  $16 on sale

Would We Buy It?  Maybe – we might buy this again if the next bottle has a clean cork.

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Wine:   Bogle Cabernet Sauvignon 2009         Winery Location:  California

Tasted By:      Neil                                                             Date:      Dec 7, 2012

Tasting Notes:   This is a great value, and something we buy by the case.  It’s got a classic cabernet profile.  Maybe a little jam and for me an impression of grilled steak.  It’s very good with grilled steak!  Very smooth with good length.  Alcohol at 13.5% so it’s not hot.

Price Point –  less than $10 generally somewhere.

Would We Buy It?  Yes – we’ll buy more.  Highly recommended and great value.

 

The blend from Argentina is on the fence.  It’s good, but not great.  I’m also a little worried any time I open up a corked bottle, you never know if it is just a randomly bad cork or a more endemic problem.  The Bogle is a slam dunk buy.  When you find a wine this good for under $10 it takes all the guesswork out of it.  We heartily suggest you try a bottle.

A votre sante!

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