A Discovery on the Sonoma Coast
Posted: 01:13 PM ET, February 20, 2007
BenMarco Expresivo and Susana Balbo Malbec
Wines for Soul Mates. Susana and her husband Pedro fell in love a few years ago then created their world-class winery Dominio del Plata in
Crios Rose of Malbec and
Perfect for the “singletons” on Valentine's night while watching the entire first season box-set of “Sex and the City” and pairs perfectly with BBQ Pizza and/or ESPN on the tube! These are two wines that I often
Fort Ross Reserve Pinot Noir
Ahh, this is the special wine to surprise your sweetie with who’s always on the go – traveling all over the place and has cleared the calendar to spend time with you on February 14. Decant this around 5pm to let the oxygen and wine work their magic…truly divine Pinot Noir. Tasting Notes: Swirling rose petals, wisps of smoke and wet earth. Then the lush red fruit, touched with violets, sassafras and teasing spices that enhance the native minerality of the vineyard. Suffused with deep ruby color, this full bodied, well structured and balanced wine has a lingering finish and a delicate tannin and acid balance to age with elegance and distinction. The Reserve Pinot Noir is primarily composed of old Burgundian field selections originating from Vosne-Romanée and Pommard and reflects this remarkable vintage that is considered the finest ever in California Pinot Noir.
Pellegrini Cloverdale Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon and Handley
For traditionalists…both of these hand crafted wines are superb in quality and affection. A glass of each of these will send you back to the day you fell in love and still feel so comfortable and deeply in love with your Valentine. Cloverdale Cabernet Tasting Notes: The wine shows exceptional color, depth and aromatics of chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla and black cherry. With lots of toasted oak and cardamom spice, this wine offers a well-structured mouthfeel, good balanced acidity and a long finish. Handley Cellars Tasting Notes: This wine exhibits many of the characteristics you have come to expect from Handley’s Estate Char
This bottle is perfect for a new “love affair”, seductive, powerful and the sexiest bottle of red wine in the TexaCali Wine Co. portfolio. Perfectly paired with a little old school Maxwell or even older Marvin Gaye and candlelight. Tasting notes: Mouthwatering, penetrating flavors of ripe red and black cherries, red berries. Quite rich and velvety on the palate and finishes with just enough grip to make it a real winner with food. This is some seriously sexy Malbec.
These wonderful wines are on restaurant wine lists all over
2003 BenMarco Expresivo: Review by Wine Spectator Online, 90 Points
Dark and beefy style with loam and bittersweet cocoa framing the blackcurrant and blackberry fruit. Muscular and structured through the finish, with plenty of fruit that's worth waiting for. Cabernet Sauvignon, Bonarda, Syrah and Tannat.
2003 BenMarco Expresivo: Review by Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 2005, 91 Points Bright ruby-red. Pure, primary aromas of black raspberry, black cherry, violet and smoke, with a suggestion of of slightly roasted ripeness. Sweet, silky, and lush with black cherry, bitter chocolate and menthol flavors building in exorably on the palate and lingering impressively on the finish, which features aromatic suggestions of leather and sweet oak. The tannins are broad and suave.
Decanter Magazine Review by Time Atkin, MW: "Six of the Best from Mendoza and San Juan" , " One of my favorite Argentine blends, combining 50% Malbec with Cabernet, Bonarda, Syrah and Tannat. This is packed with ripe blackcurrant fruit, underpinned by smoky, spicy oak and fine tannins."
Varietal Composition: 50% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Bonarda, 10% Syrah, 5% Tannat
Vineyard Locations: Lujan de Cuyo-Agrelo, Tupungato-Villa Bastias
(Department-District) San Carlos-La Consulta, Lujan de Cuyo-Chacras de Coria
Avg. Vineyard Elev.: 3,300 feet Avg. Age of Vines: 36 years
Rootstock: Ungrafted Harvest Method: Hand-harvested
Oak Regimen: 14 months in 50% new French and 50% second-use American barriques
Fining: None Filtration: None
Alcohol: 13.5% pH: 3.6 T.A. 5.4
Total Case Production: 1000 cases (9L) cases available in 6-pack oak cases or 12-pack cartons
Tasting Notes/Food Pairing Suggestions
Wafting aromas of red currants, red and black cherries and mildly smoky and sweet vanilla oak. Layers of currant fruit, dense black cherry, and notes of brown spice (cocoa, nutmeg), dark chocolate, and hints of sandalwood. Keeps showing its stuff as it breathes in the glass - for folks who want the full experience and may be a bit impatient, decanting is a good idea. Perfect balance, great concentration and length loaded with fine, ripe tannins for having with food or for aging. Pairs well with a wide range of foods including grilled steak, roasted pork loin, veal, medium-strong cheeses, and most cream sauces. This wine should also age beautifully for 10 - 25 years.