Pindal Blend 2017

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Pindal
Varietal: Blend
Vintage: 2017
Country of Origin: Argentina
Appellation: Mendoza
Retail Price: $11.95

Tasting Notes: Some Torrontes can be syrupy and almost sweet. Not this jewel. Made from organic fruit at high elevation in Mendoza, it strikes a perfect balance of mineral, honeysuckle, citrus and stone fruit. Perfect for Asian dishes.

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Proemio Blend 2017

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Proemio
Varietal: Blend
Vintage: 2017
Country of Origin: Argentina
Appellation: Mendoza
Retail Price: $19

Tasting Notes: Certified organic. This malbec blend adds 25% cabernet sauvignon and 25% petit verdot to create a deep ruby red with intense aromas of black fruits, cassis and spice.

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The Hermit Crab White 2016

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The Hermit Crab
Varietal: White
Vintage: 2016
Country of Origin: Australia
Retail Price: $16

Tasting Notes: Viognier and marsanne have never tasted this good! Much like a young Chateauneuf du Pape, this lip-smacking, full-bodied white will do wonders for anything fried.

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Finca Decero, Remolinos Vineyard Malbec 2015

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Finca Decero, Remolinos Vineyard
Varietal: Malbec
Vintage: 2015
Country of Origin: Argentina
Retail Price: $17.99

Tasting Notes: This is an elegant, fresh style malbec. It exhibits bright, juicy cherry, plum and currant flavors, with an underlying ginger spice and integrated tannins.

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Abstracto Fifth Empire Gran Vino Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

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Abstracto Fifth Empire
Fanciful Name: Gran Vino
Varietal: Cabernet
Vintage: 2017
Country of Origin: Argentina
Appellation: Tupungato
Retail Price: $29.99

Tasting Notes: A flavor-packed explosive wine that jumps out of the glass with richness and a taught powerful texture. The French oak gives great structure to the main show of overwhelming raspberry and dark cherry notes. The finish just keeps going.

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Colome Estate Malbec 2014

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Colome Estate
Varietal: Malbec
Vintage: 2014
Country of Origin: Argentina
Retail Price: $27.99

Tasting Notes: The dark and edgy fruit of this Salta malbec are countered with a velvety texture across the mid palate. A perfect wine for grilled meats or sitting by the fire.

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Bodega Noemia de Patagonia J. Alberto 2014

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Bodega Noemia de Patagonia J. Alberto
Varietal: Malbec
Vintage: 2014
Country of Origin: Argentina
Retail Price: $57.99

Tasting Notes: This is a malbec making a statement. The statement is: You have to check me out! Intense in color, on the nose, and on the palate. A dense violet/ruby in the glass, the nose and palate are dominated by black fruit, mostly berry. The palate follows suite, with a hint of minerality to accent and balance this superb wine from Alto Valle del Rio Negro.

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Pascual Tuso Alta Malbec 2013

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Pascual Tuso Alta
Varietal: Malbec
Vintage: 2013
Country of Origin: Argentina
Retail Price: $49.99

Tasting Notes: An absolutely stunning old-vine Maipú malbec from one of Argentina's top producers. Amazingly young looking in the glass, the nose and palate possess plenty of rich dark fruit, with hints of spice. Exceptionally mouth-filling, and satisfying to the last sip. Outstanding!

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Santa Julia Reserva 2015

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Santa Julia
Fanciful Name: Reserva
Vintage: 2015
Country of Origin: Agentina
Retail Price: $13

Tasting Notes: From the Zuccardi family, this wine demonstrates the reason that they are held in such high esteem. The firm tannins act as a balance with the lovely dark fruit. The finish is long and satisfying.

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Los Boldos Cabernet Tradition 2016

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Los Boldos
Fanciful Name: Tradition
Varietal: Cabernet
Vintage: 2016
Country of Origin: Argentina
Retail Price: $14

Tasting Notes: Intense wine with bold dark cherry and raspberry notes. The nose and the palate are similar and the fruit-forward notes blend nicely. This is a spice-laden full-bodied wine with rustic tannins.

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