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I have no idea what possessed me to buy another South American wine; and one from the most mass-production oriented sections of the most abused appellation in all Argentina.  Unless any of you can convince me to taste another South American vino, I’m off them for good.

I’m having a difficult time writing this review as I can’t think of anything really nice to say about this vino.  Its alcohol-forward on the nose, powerful scents of cherry and shale, a gravelly mouth-feel, flavors of mealy dampness and a lingering tarry finish of smoke and creosote.

So I guess this vinoblog entry is as much a washout as this gloppy stuff is.

At ~$13/bottle, its not even a value purchase.

No more South American wine for me unless YOU can convince me otherwise.



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So…  As promised, I’ve decided to revisit the South American Malbec.  You may recall my review of the FuZion Malbec Reserva 2008 and how I kinda sorta didn’t quite like it.

Also promised was to keep an open mind with the value-for-money aspect of some of these budget-priced wines from various parts of the globe.

I tried, my friends, I really and honestly tried.

This dark-purple goop smells like a dirty ashtray to which rubbing alcohol has been added.  Its chalky texture carries flavors of Mackerel and petrol to the palate and lingers most dolefully with essences of sour cherries and liniment to remind you of just how yucky this wine is.

Pop-for-the-dollar considered, you can do A LOT better than this for only $8/blt.  Try it for yourself, but don’t say I didn’t offer some advice.

Even paired with the suggested stuffed pasta (I had  cheese tortellini in beef&tomato sauce), I truly wish I could have set aside my honesty and given this vino a decent review, but I just don’t feel it.



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++the website for the actual winery is infected with a malware/spyware virus and my security suite prevented it from loading.

Ok, so I thought I’d be steering clear of Argentine wines for a while, but I have been hearing some conflicting reviews about this Syrah. Syrah is very similar to Shiraz but with subtle varietal nuances. 2008, as we’ve explored in previous posts, was not a very good year in most viticultural areas in South America; some wineries elected not to even release any wines vinted as 2008. This said, 2009 seems to be a much better crop hence a more refined final product.

Soft and supple with a medium body, this dense dark red wine carries flavors of mulberry and blackberry to the palate as lingering essences of anise and plum keeps the palate interested.

I savoured this Trapiche Syrah 2009 with my dinner of braised lamb shanks. May I also suggest a smoked Gouda drizzled with ancient Balsamic vinegar as an appetizer? For a budget-priced wine at around $9/blt, its definitely a great value for the cash.


From the estate of the Familia Zuccardi, I have the FuZion Malbec Reserva 2008 from the Mendoza region of Argentina.

Along with other varietals such as Seyval and Marechal Foch, Malbec has always been one of those wines found in blended ‘table wines’ that typically sell for $9/gal.  Before I continue, here is a brief history lesson on South American vitis vinifera:

In the mid 19th century, there occurred The Great French Wine Blight. It was caused by an aphid called Phylloxera accidentally introduced into France’s environment when Americans brought vines and rootstock over to France with the hope of grafting and improving both continent’s plants. Eventually, the Blight was slowed by grafting almost all of France’s vines with the the aphid-resistant rootstock from American plants.

During this blight and economic collapse, it is rumored that plantation workers took unaffected roots and fled to other European countries and even to the Americas. Discovered within the last 10 or so years, the South American wine industry has been producing wine from the original un-grafted French rootstock for almost 150 years. Most notable is the Carménère varietal that was almost totally wiped out by The Blight in its native Bordeau.

All this being said in preparation for tasting an historical and true-blue French-rooted wine against my palate, I’m stoked!

So it is with a heavy heart that I am of the opinion that this wine is awful!!

The deep intense purple color and nose of a sweaty sleeping bag brought back repressed memories of my days as a boyscout. The 14% alc/vol would suggest, in this medium-bodied wine, a slow and sensuous legging when swirled in a voluminous glass…  All I could see was a thin slime. Hesitant on tasting this brew, I sipped cautiously – expecting a burning assault of tart nothing.  Alas was I wrong!  Faint hints of stewed prunes and over-dark cocoa followed by wisps of that smoky smell that lingers in your clothes for several washings AFTER the camping trip was my palate’s reward.

Maybe I got a bad bottle or something.  I’ll try to work up the courage to revisit this or similar South American Malbecs in future, but I’m off to scrub my tongue.