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Argentina New Releases: Cool Times in the Desert

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Stephen Tanzer, Jul 2017

Within just the last six weeks I’ve experienced global warming up close and personal: 92-degree late-May weather in Burgundy, 102 degrees in Walla Walla before the end of June, and the steam heat of a New York City summer. But somehow Mendoza, Argentina’s engine of wine production, a semi-arid desert region that could not produce wine without irrigation from melting Andes snow, has not had a classically warm, dry growing season since 2012 – until this year, that is.

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Vertical Tasting of the Nicolás Catena Zapata 1997-2012

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, Argentina

Stephen Tanzer, Oct 2016

Trailblazer Nicolás Catena launched his Nicolás Catena Zapata blend in 1997 to prove that Argentina could make a world-class Bordeaux-style wine with a long and graceful aging curve. My vertical tasting in September made it clear that he was successful from the outset.

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Argentina: The Cool Years

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Stephen Tanzer, Mar 2016

Current releases from Argentina are strikingly different from the wines of just a decade ago. In recent years, Argentina’s top grape-growers and winemakers have sought out cooler, mostly higher-altitude sites and soils more conducive to making fresher, more complex, better-balanced wines. Moreover, since 2013 Argentina has experienced a succession of cool vintages, and this weather trend has further intensified the shift away from porty, high-octane reds with dried-fruit character. The result has been a greater number of outstanding bottlings than ever before.

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Cellar Favorite: 2008 Bodega Poesia Poesia

Argentina, Cellar Favorites

Stephen Tanzer, Oct 2015

If you think of Mendoza’s Malbec-based wines as rich and ripe but a bit chunky and best for early drinking, try the supremely elegant 2008 vintage of Poesia, a 60/40 blend of Malbec and Cabernet Franc from ungrafted vines planted in 1935.

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Argentina: New Releases

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Stephen Tanzer, Feb 2015

The cool, extended 2013 growing season produced unusually vibrant and refined wines in the semi-desert Mendoza region, which accounts for the lion’s share of Argentina’s finest red wines.

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Best New Releases from Argentina

Argentina, IWC

Stephen Tanzer, Mar 2014

Making vintage generalizations for this huge wine-soaked country is a tricky proposition--after all, we're talking about well over a thousand miles from Salta in the north to the main wine-producing areas of Patagonia in Argentina's extreme south

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New Releases from Argentina

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Stephen Tanzer, Mar 2013

The U.S. market continues to be flooded with Mendoza malbec, as this wine has become as popular here--and as much of a brand name--as sauvignon blanc from Marlborough.

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New Releases from Argentina

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Stephen Tanzer, Mar 2012

I was tempted to report that tasting through 800 or so new releases from Argentina in recent months was hard work, particularly as there is a great degree of sameness among the less-expensive malbecs

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Focus on Argentina

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Stephen Tanzer, Jan 2011

Argentina has had an extended run of very good to excellent vintages, so vintage generalizations are of limited value.

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The Best New Wines from Argentina

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Stephen Tanzer, Jan 2010

No wine category has grown as rapidly over the last seven years in the U