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Butcher’s Hook 2015 Mendoza Malbec 2015

Lot 18, $18

Info on Vivino

Aaron: Skip this wine.  Red tar and raspberry with cherry cough syrup made the nose a bit off-putting.  Tart and bitter, the flavor featured awkward tannins on the middle of the tongue, resulting in a puckering of underripe fruit and watermelon rinds. Weak flavor then a punch of spicy pepper.  Horrible.  83 points

Teri: This bottle is bold with hearty tannins and needs a strong meaty dish to stand up to the flavors. It is on the earthy side with a bit too much bite on the end. The flavors of white pepper, leafy tree roots and underlining tone of chocolate covered cherries were tight and not completely enjoyable. Perhaps it needed a few hours to aerate but I would recommend just to skip this bottle. 85 points 


Layer Cake Malbec 2013

layer-cake-malbec-2013Layer Cake Website

BevMo, $12.99

Total Wine & More, $10.99

Aaron:  Not really my favorite, but functional.  The smell of berries, chocolate, and smokey bark led to a strange spice with lots of plum on the tongue.  Peppers and chili layered the palate with lavender in the background.  88 points

Teri: A jammy chocolate and oaky cherry nose. Flavors of warm cherry, sweet oak, and candy red grape (but not sweet). A complex and flavorful Malbec from a widely distributed label. This is not the best Malbec I have ever tried, but it brings decent quality which is easier to find widely. 89 points 


Vina Antigua Torrontes 2012

Vina Antigua TorrontesPurchased from Splash Wines

Vina Antigua Website 

Aaron:  The smell on this bottle was a dull cantaloupe that was a bit grassy but ultimately muddied and lacking some distinction.  There was a noticeable lack of sweetness and a pretty full, though not very appealing flavor.  Splash has sent us better.  87 points

Teri: This white wine carries a semi-sweet smell with a hint of mineral on the nose. I tasted oaky lemon with golden currant and just a hint of honey. Overall, not my favorite. 86 points 

Luca Malbec 2012

Luca MalbecCostco find (and Anniversary Gift…thanks Mom and Dad!)

Aaron: The smell was a bit muddy at first with lots of dirt.  The flavor features berry and a calm mellowness overall.  Definitely spice and a nice rich berry on the finish.  Mild tannins are not overpowering as mulberry and oak dominate the palate.  88 points

Teri: With a spicy mild nose, and mild spice throughout with flavors of tobacco, coco, and blackberry, this Malbec is smooth and full. The medium/full tannins and body are able to stand up to hearty meals of steak or strong spicy flavors. 88 points

Trumpeter Chardonnay 2011

Trumpeter Chardonnay 2011Wine of the Month Club $6.99

Aaron:  This is what white blueberries would smell like – pretty cool.  There’s a nice, smooth flavor which is decently rich and features cantaloupe undertones.  This is another great Trumpeter white!  91 points.

Teri: Light smell; I found it hard to pick a flavor to describe. The sip carries a crisp taste of lemon, peach, and just a hint of vanilla with full flavors and a long finish. This was our second bottle from Trumpeter, and it didn’t let us down! Another fantastic full and rich white. This chardonnay would be great with chicken and various white sauces, especially if they have lemon characteristics. 90 points