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Beverage Dynamics - March/April 2017

Beverage Dynamics is the largest national business magazine devoted exclusively to the needs of off-premise beverage alcohol retailers, from single liquor stores to big box chains, through coverage of the latest trends in wine, beer and spirits.

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Page 78 of 87 March/April 2017 • Beverage Dynamics 79 (95) Terrazas de los Andes Cheval des Andes. Powerful, fi rm and polished blend of Malbec, Cabernet and Petit Verdot. More Bordeaux in style: thick and rich with dark chocolate and blackberry. This is a keeper but still can enjoy now. $95 (94) Catena Malbec (2014). Rich, dark and savory is the best way to describe this wine. The fl avors are married together in a bold, yet balanced structure. The hints of tobacco and berry are interwoven with blueberry and hearty fi nish. $18.99 (93) La Finca Clos D'Angel Malbec 2014 (Col- chagua Valley, Chile). This full-bodied Malbec has elegant notes of raspberry, cranberry and a mineral element that come together very well. With Bordeaux-like texture and balance, but the New World fruit character of Chile, this is a real show-stopper. $19 (93) 2014 Clos La Coutale (Cahors, France). This wine is a blend of 80% Malbec and 20% Merlot. It's aged in oak barrels to obtain a full balance between medium tannins and dark, black fruit. This Cahors Malbec is a hearty, rus- tic red. $17.99 (93) Altos Las Hormigas Reserve Malbec 2014. Fresh with lots of minerality. This is for the more serious Malbec drinker. Structured pure concentration of blueberry, blackberry and purple plum. Long fi nish that screams for Ar- gentine beef. $26 (92) Black Cabra Malbec 2016. Impressive red from Jean-Claude Berrouet, formerly of Chateau Petrus in Pomerol. Dark ruby red, this is a soft and silky Malbec loaded with aromas of blackberries and violets, with subtle notes of pepper and cloves. Black cherries and plums fi ll the medium-to-full-bodied palate, with hints of cedar and vanilla on the long fi nish. $15 (92) Los Poetas 2014 (Mendoza, Argentina). Bold and powerful fl avors of red currant, cran- berry and rich raspberry are complemented by ★★★★★ Five Stars (92-100) A top- flight wine. Superior in taste and character and providing an outstanding price/value relationship. ★★★★ Four Stars (86-91) A very good wine and an excellent value. A wine for which customers will keep coming back. ★★★ Three Stars (80-85) An above-average wine, at a reasonable price point, which many customers will enjoy. ★★ Two Stars (70-79) An average wine. ★ One Star (50-69) A below-average wine. RATING SYSTEM WINE SELECTIONS R E TA I L E R The Beverage Dynamics National Retailer Wine Panel recommends a lineup of top quality/value malbec. FOR THIS ISSUE, we asked members of the Beverage Dynamics National Re- tailer Wine Panel to recommend some of their favorite malbecs. As always, these selections include brief tasting notes, a rating and the wine's retail price (which varies from store to store and market to market). If you're a retail beverage professional who would like to learn about participating in our panel, call Kyle Swartz at 203-855-8499 x2225, or email him at (93) Dona Paula Estate Malbec 2015 (Argentina). The Dona Paula continues to be the gold standard of Argentine Malbec. Robust fruit with fi rm structure give way with time to an elegant array of black- berry, dark cherry and an ever-so-light touch of cocoa. $15.99

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