At a time when they recommend staying home, having a good wine can be a good plan. Elisabeth Checa suggests which labels to try
They are complex moments, in Argentina and in the world. Gathering with friends or going out for lunch or dinner, for example, is a plan that experts don’t recommend. The hashtag #I stay at home which is a trend every day is proof of this.
Therefore, we ask the renowned journalist Elisabeth Checa to recommend us labels that can be obtained in the homecoming market, without violating the duty to maintain quarantine, and that are included in the 2020 edition of her guide that, at this point, it is a classic: “The Good Argentine Wines“:
Alta Vista Terroir Selection Malbec 2016 – Alta Vista Winery
Recommended wines: Alta Vista Terroir Selection Malbec
Delicate and current aromas, well from Malbec. With more black fruit, frank and fluid palate, herbal hints. A biting and bodyless step (guilt of the year), but its fruity character has been very well achieved. Even with its built-in freshness, it can gain balance with stowage.
Callia Hoy Syrah 2018 – Bodega Callia
Recommended wines: Callia Hoy Syrah
Apparently, in Callia they did not rest on their laurels after having become famous with Syrah, because this wine calls to discover one of the most attractive varieties that exist. Of loose aromas, with a fruity and spicy character. Fluid and fresh, also biting and graceful, ideal to enjoy at home. With milanesas, a perfect pair.
La Poderosa Pinot Noir 2018 – End of the World Winery
Recommended wines: La Poderosa Pinot Noir
Ripe and fruity aromas, warm but vibrant on the palate. There is good typicity, and the maturity of the fruit is noticeable, although the intentions are of young wine. Serve it fresh to enhance its grace. Great versatility: can accompany, refreshed, from meat to fish
Tintillo 2019 – Bodega Sta Julia
Recommended wines: Tintillo
From a 100% carbonic maceration of Malbec and Bonarda, Rubén Ruffo has achieved a revolutionary red, which is best served cold. Expressive aromas, with good volume, a frank and juicy palate, with black fruits and herbal hints. Very interesting as a summer red to accompany roasted meats with roasted vegetables.
Cadus Champenoise – Cadus Wines Winery
Recommended wines: Cadus Champenoise
It has an elegant appearance, with well-marked acidity and bubbles as fine as persistent; balanced and with storage potential.
Chandon Apéritif – Bodegas Chandon
Recommended wines: Chandon Apéritif
Only. Great idea from Herve Birnie-Scott and team, which combines bubbles with that bitter aftertaste that we Argentines love. A sparkling wine based on Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Semillón to which is added a macerate of “Valencia” oranges from Chajarí, plus spices from Madagascar, India, Central America and Brazil that give it aromatic complexity and bitterness. Finally, the orange and spice mash are combined with the dosage, achieving a 100% natural expedition liqueur. The result is a fresh sparkling wine with a bit of a touch and a distant sweetness tempered by bitterness. It is taken with ice, at the blue hour. Alone or accompanied by someone interesting, some almonds, cheese, those things.
Ruca Malen Extra Brut – Ruca Malen Winery
Recommended wines: Ruca Malen Extra Brut
Noelia Torres is the new winemaker of the house, and has conceived this sparkling natural from a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Semillón. Aromatic and attractive, with a refreshing palate, with citrus notes and persistent bubbles. With a friendly finish, it is ideal to serve with sushi, seafood and fish.
More than 350 wines
Through its 272 pages, the expert recommends 356 wines and 38 sparkling wines, after a demanding tasting process of almost 630 labels from some 119 wineries.
“Wine is their circumstance: some of the pleasure of the moment seeps into the flavor,” says Checa. “It is a glory and a mystery … and I love to communicate it without secrecy,” he stresses, true to his style.
The interesting thing about this guide (which is already available in bookstores at $ 980) is that it reflects the trends, evolution and journey of Argentine winemaking through the eyes of its author.
In addition, it is practical, agile and enjoyable and is intended as a purchase tool to guide the reader’s search taking into account preferences. For this reason (and this is an important point), the Good Argentine Wines do not have scores, but rather appreciations and suggestions.
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