WINES OF THE WEEK

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HHHH Fin­cas Patag­o­ni­cas 2014 Tapiz Alta Col­lec­tion Mal­bec Uco Val­ley, Men­doza, Ar­gentina ON $19.95 (450155) HHHH Bodega Piedra Ne­gra 2013 Gran Lur­ton Caber­net Sauvi­gnon Uco Val­ley, Men­doza, Ar­gentina ON $24.95 (980334)

This sin­gle vine­yard Mal­bec is a pretty and per­fumed ex­pres­sion that comes from a team headed by chief wine­maker Fabian Valen­zuela and Pomerol-based con­sul­tant Jean Claude Ber­rouet (for­merly wine­maker at Château Petrus). The mix of flo­ral and spice notes add in­ter­est to the fresh red aro­mas on the nose, while the palate is won­der­fully har­mo­nious and sup­ple from start to fin­ish. Here’s a solid in­di­ca­tion why Caber­net Sauvi­gnon doesn’t take a back­seat to Mal­bec in Ar­gentina. This is a rich and ro­bust red with ap­peal­ing con­cen­tra­tion and in­ten­sity of flavour and im­pres­sive struc­ture. This is a so­phis­ti­cated wine that’s truly satisfying.

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