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Wine of The Week – Catena Malbec 2009

October 20, 2011 12:13 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

Each week I like to choose a new wine to introduce to our fans. These wines vary by region, by varietal and even by price. I don’t think cost and value are necessarily related. So I like to focus on wines I have experienced on my travels and I think our fans will enjoy trying. salut!

Catena MalbecMendoza, Argentina

91 Points/Smart Buy, Wine Spectator

A rich red, with ripe layers of linzer torte, plum pudding and fig paste flavors backed by layers of mesquite, olive paste and grilled herbs. Grippy tannins add weight to the long, vibrant finish. Drink now through 2013. (Oct 15th 2011)


Wine Of The Week – Catena Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

August 24, 2011 12:56 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

Each week I like to choose a new wine to introduce to our fans. These wines vary by region, by varietal and even by price. I don’t think cost and value are necessarily related. So I like to focus on wines I have experienced on my travels and I think our fans will enjoy trying. salut!

CatenaMendoza, Argentina

90 Points/Smart Buy, Wine Spectator
PRESS:

This is solid, with dense but polished structure holding the weighty core of plum, fig paste and black currant preserves together. The dark, lengthy finish lets a nice Kenya AA coffee note chime in. Drink now through 2013.

April 20th 2011

Wine Of The Week – La Posta Cocina Blend 2008

July 6, 2011 1:38 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

Each week I like to choose a new wine to introduce to our fans. These wines vary by region, by varietal and even by price. I don’t think cost and value are necessarily related. So I like to focus on wines I have experienced on my travels and I think our fans will enjoy trying. salut!

Mendoza, Argentina

90 Points — Wine Advocate

The 2008 Cocina Blend composed of 60% Malbec, 20% Bonarda, and 20% Syrah aged for 12 months in 20% new French and American oak before bottling without fining and filtration (as are all of these red wines). Purple-colored, it has an enticing bouquet of cinnamon, Dentyne gum, cigar box, violets, black cherry, and blueberry. Medium-bodied, round and sweetly-fruited on the palate, it has plenty of savory spice notes, enough structure to evolve for 1-2 years, and a lengthy, pure finish. Drink it from 2010 to 2016.

Jay Miller, August 2009

Wine Of The Week – Mendel ‘Unus’ 2008

April 20, 2011 12:00 am - Posted by Jody in Drink

Each week I like to choose a new wine to introduce to our fans. These wines vary by region, by varietal and even by price. I don’t think cost and value are necessarily related. So I like to focus on wines I have experienced on my travels and I think our fans will enjoy trying. salut!

92 points, Wine Advocate:

“The 2008 Unus is a blend of 70% Malbec and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 16 months in new French oak. Medium purple in color, it displays a splendid bouquet of spice box, incense, lavender, earth notes, black currant, and blackberry with a hint of balsamic in the background. Full-bodied in the mouth with dense, layered flavors and a plush palate feel, this lengthy offering will benefit from 2-3 years of additional bottle age. Drink it from 2012 to 2023.”

Wine Advocate 192, December 2010

THE STORY & WINEMAKER:

Winemaker Roberto de la Mota has been working full-time in Argentina’s wineries and vineyards at 19 years of age . His passion for winemaking developed as a young child as he often helped his father after school at the Mendoza winery.  Later De la Mota joined his father at the Mendoza Winery and worked together for many years, but eventually he moved on to work as the wine consultant at  Cheval des Andes, a joint venture between Argentina’s top selections Bodegas Terrazas de los Andes and Bordeaux’s Château Cheval-Blanc.

De la Mota has since become one of Argentina’s biggest champions of the Malbec grape. To continue his wine endeavors he has partnered with Bodega Mendel  -  one of the new up and coming boutique wineries in Mendoza, focusing on 80-year-old Malbec and Cabernet vineyards. Mendel’s vineyards (totaling 32 hectares) were originally planted in 1926 & 1928, and are located in the heart of Mendoza – the true wine country of Argentina.

A true Adobo winery, Bodega Mendel is miniscule by its neighbours standards of size, but with Roberto’s guiding hand and Santiago Boaknin’s knowlege in vineyard management and oenology, Mendel has risen quickly to the top of the list of great Mendoza wineries.  At a recent tasting at Mendel, Santiago was kind enough to take me through the vineyards, even though just the day before he had been thrown from his horse and broke his leg.  He showed me how they practice organic vineyard management, with the vine rows interspersed with wildflowers and local grass to deter insects from eating the grapes.  There are a number of olive trees on the property as well, with which  Santiago makes the most beautiful olive oil (Santiago makes it as a hobby – there is none for sale).

The tasting table is made of an old door taken from one of the winery buildings – truly a sustainable place – and the wines were showing beautifully.  I was treated to 2008 Mendel Malbec and Unus, 2007 Mendel “Finca Remota” and a very unique 2009 Semillon that Mendel has just started making in tiny quantites that I fell in love with – unfortunately it’s nearly impossible to get as Semillon in Argentina is fast becoming one of their most loved whites.

A Fast Mover learns to love Slow Travel

February 10, 2011 1:27 pm - Posted by Jody in Travel

Raymonde Wagemaker was a mechanical engineer and a successful executive in the oil & gas industry. In fact Raymonde was so successful that he spent 250 days a year on the road traveling throughout South America to oversee the business units he was responsible for. Eventually after years of travel and deal making he decided he was successful enough and did what many of us can only dream of, he quit his day job and bought a vineyard. It just happened to also have a boutique hotel with two locations attached. Instantly this fast mover learned to love the art of slow travel.

“Our customers are into slow travel.” says a beaming Raymonde as he and his wife Bernadette, a former teacher, show us around their property. “Our guests from the US, Brazil and Canada want to stay in a luxury property on a working vineyard. They want to take the time and taste the grapes.” Raymonde remembers that when he was an executive he wanted nothing more than a few days off to do nothing but relax and indulge. He vowed that one day he would give himself this luxury. And so when the 7 year old hotel came up for sale he bought it. Currently his mini-chain of properties has 2 locations, Valle de Uco which is a country style hotel in the midst of a private 8 hectare Malbec vineyard and Chacras de Coria an urban lifestyle hotel in Mendoza. Combined both properties have just 16 rooms.

The philosophy according to Bernadette is to give guests the most precious luxury of them all, time. “Our customers love wine, they want to visit the wineries in Mendoza and sample the restaurants, but they also want to relax.” And so both properties quite consciously maintain a small, comfortable feel. When we were at the Valle de Unco property it was raining so we missed the view of the Tupungato Volcano and Andes Mountains but Raymonde assured us, “They are splendid, their majestic shape and fresh air combine to make this location relaxing and magical.”

Postales Boutique Wine Hotels’ customers are baby boomers and well travelled executives like Raymonde. “I know these people, I was one of them for years so I know what they need and what they want to enjoy their time off. And so we specialize in giving them peace and quiet and an authentic Argentinean experience. “ It’s interesting that a family from Holland has mastered the art of Argentinean hospitality but they have. Our short stay was just long enough to relax, recharge and reinvigorate the senses before heading out on another long day of shooting.

For more information visit their website, www.postalesarg.com.