StateWays - March/April 2017

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StateWays | | March/April 2017 46 RETAILER WINE SELECTIONS — MALBECS (90) Santa Ana Malbec Reserve 2015 (Men- doza, Argentina). A rich energetic Malbec that is medium-plus-bodied and powerful, but laced with raspberries, blackberries and dark chocolate flavors. The wine is bold, dark and enticing because of the balance of freshness with power. $12 (90) Vistamar Sepia Malbec Reserva 2015 (Maipo Valley, Chile). This Chilean Malbec is smooth and balanced to showcase the red currant and blackberry notes. Lively and easy drinking, this value-oriented bottle shows that Chile can show up to the Mendoza-dominated market. $10 (90) Phebus Malbec MMC 2016 (Mendoza, Argentina). This bright Malbec-heavy blend, rounded out by 15% Merlot and 15% Caber- net, is approachable and fruit-forward. There are delightful cherry, cranberry and blackberry notes on the nose and palate, and they use little-to-no oak. $11 (90) Tilia Uxmal Malbec 2015 (Argentina). The Tilia Uxmal Malbec is produced at Bo- degas Esmeralda, one of the Catena fami- ly's oldest wineries. Winemaker Leopoldo Kuschnaroff exemplifies the true varietal character of Malbec from Mendoza. Aromas of black cherries and plums lead to a rich, full-bodied palate with flavors of juicy black- berries, and notes of vanilla and sweet spice. Excellent Value! $12 (90) Finca Flichman Malbec Misterio Res- erva 2015 (Mendoza, Argentina). This Malbec has that signature Mendoza smooth texture, power, and plush slightly tannic finish. Red plum and blackberries are central on the nose and palate and make the wine. $13 (90) Phebus Malbec 2016 (Mendoza, Ar- gentina). Fresh, elegant and fruit-forward, this bright Malbec has really good acidity and notes of black cherry and plum. An easy drinking and smooth mouthfeel are the most notable features of this Malbec. $13 (90) Clos Siguier Cahors 2012 (Cahors, France). Malbec from this region was once called the "Black Wine of Cahors." Clos Siguier mixes in 5% Tannat to create a deep purple beauty. Black cherry and red currant aromas on the nose; the succulent red and black fruits burst forth on the finish. This wine features great minerality, moderate acidity and silky tannins. If you are looking for a Malbec from outside Argentina, this would be an ex- cellent place to start. $14.99 (90) Cruz Alta Malbec 2016 (Mendoza, Ar- gentina). This Malbec is a medium plus bod- ied, and rich for the modest price point. Dark plum and cherry notes dominate the nose and palate but a slight tannic grip defines the fin- ish. There are spice oak notes but this wine is defined by texture and fruit. $11 (90) 2014 Montes Classic Malbec (Chile). Dark ruby color in the glass. Intense ripe cherry notes upfront that fade rather quickly. Medium body that finishes rather delicate and short. Would make a nice accompaniment to a good juicy cheeseburger. $11 (90) 2015 Earth First Malbec (Argentina). Big dark fruit aromas on the nose. The Inky color in the glass lead to a rich and complex taste of juicy plum and vanilla that take over your taste buds. The finish produces some subtle tannic

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