Tierra de Malbec

I recently returned from my trip to South America. As some of you know, I left at the end of February for Argentina to work the harvest. I worked in the Lujan de Cuyo region, southeast of Mendoza at Viña Cobos. This winery produces around 150,000 cases annually and focuses on Malbec and Chardonnay. Viña Cobos is a partnership between Paul Hobbs of California and the Marchioris, an Argentine couple. Viña Cobos has five different brands: Cobos, Bramare Vineyard Designation, Bramare Appellation, Cocodrilo and Felino but is most famed for their Cobos line.

Harvest came fast and early for us at Viña Cobos. Due to the frequent rains, we were forced to take everything off the vine all at once in order to avoid losing the crop to botrytis and mildew. We finished receiving grapes an entire month earlier than expected. Because of this early finish I had some time to explore and travel. I spent some time tasting in Lujan de Cuyo and Uco Valley in Argentina and then crossed the Andes over to Chile and did some tasting in the Casablanca Valley.

My favorite wineries I tasted at in Lujan (Argentina) were: Tierras Altas and Finca Decero

...in Uco Valley (Argentina): Clos de los Siete and Andeluna

...in Casablanca (Chile): Kingston

Overall a majority of my favorite wines came from Clos de los Siete. The winery that had the best hospitality was Tierras Altas and the best lunch I had was at Andeluna.

Some of the other wineries I tasted at were Cruzat, Finca de Decero, Septima, Belasco, Salentein, Achaval Ferrer, and Casas del Bosque.

Canned Wine?


Fiction Red Wine by Field Recordings

"Heady aromas of blueberry pie, luxurious suede couches, ham paninis and unlit menthol cigarettes. Firm tannins anchor flavors of grilled meats, cherry cola, sweet carob and black licorice chews, all cased up together conveniently in a cigar humidor."

Vintage: 2013

Varietals: 31% Zin, 26% Tempranillo, 15% Mourvedre, 10% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 8% Touriga Nacional

Alcohol: 14.9%

Region: Paso Robles, CA

I was given this wine by my dear friend Jen of Field Recordings. They recently canned their Fiction Red Blend in October and it has experienced great success and acceptance with consumers. Although some may cringe at the idea of wine in a can, canned wine is becoming popularized and more accepted. It's a super convenient way to enjoy wine at music festivals, movie theaters, camping, boating, picnics, golf, and much more. This renaissance of wine packaging just goes to show that consumers are becoming more open minded in how their wine is presented to them. The millenial generation is largely responsible for this shift in the world of wine and this now allows winemakers and wineries more room to play with. 

My thoughts on this wine...

I first tried it chilled in the can and WOW I was impressed. The wine didn't have any kind of aluminum taste to it that some may expect. It was light, balanced, and easy to drink. I mean like dangerously easy to gulp down good...WARNING: You have to be careful with this one, it's easily chuggable and the can form fools you from remembering there's actually alcohol in there. Also, I liked that it wasn't overly fruity or sweet. This wine has medium acidity, some nice oak influence, and a beautiful magenta hue to it. I couldn't really pick up the nuances to it while in the can but when I tasted it from a glass I got aromas of blackberry, strawberry jam, dark chocolate, a subtle hint of menthol, and black licorice tipping into root beer territory. On the palate I tasted oak, Chinese beef (minus the broccoli), and baked berries.

Good job Field Recordings you did a fine job executing wine in a can. I recommend everyone give this canned wine a try. I don't think you will be disappointed. Until next time...Cheers!





Delectable Wine App

"The Only Wine App Worth a Damn." -Vinography

I have been an avid user of Delectable for about eight months now and I absolutely love it! I use it to help me decide what to buy, keep track of the wines I've tasted, and organize my wine regions. Delectable also allows me to connect to other wine lovers with similar palates as mine. I can see what others are drinking and read their personal reviews. This app is super helpful and fun. I like to describe it to people as "instagram for wine". It is very social yet informational. You upload a pic of your wine label, rate and describe it, and others can like and comment on your wine. The regions feature is probably one of my favorite things about it. The app separates your wines into countries, regions, and sub regions. This allows me to see which regions I have yet to explore and inspires me to try wines from those regions I have unfilled. Go download this app now! You won't regret it. I promise! Follow me on Delectable at Alex Sanchez.