Colome Torrontes $13.00
A remarkable grape, unique to Argentina resulting from a cross of Muscat and the Mission grape. Glorious, rich aromatic nose leads into a solid bodied wine with perfect crisp brightness. Sometimes flabby, this one from mile-high vineyards shows great balance and character. Try with spicy Mexican fare or oily fish for a unique and wonderful pairing.
Lamadrid malbec $14.00
Approachable and packed with flavors of red, blue and black fruits, subtle black pepper and licorice. Smooth tannins with a lovely balance of acidity, yet slightly rustic, making this wine fun to drink. Although this is considered an "entry level" malbec, it still hails from a single vineyard estate. Outstanding quality at an outstanding price.
Durigutti Cabernet Franc $16.00
Say what? Now a Cab Franc from Argentina?? Argentina is taking over! With a dark intense color, hints of baked fruit, violets and vanilla. Nice soft tannins support the ample rich fruit. Argentina has taken another French grape and done it remarkable well!
Sur de los Andes Cab Sav $16.00
Complex, lush and full-bodied with rich black fruit and spice. A touch of dusty blackberry and nice grip at the finish partially due to over a year in oak. Watch out, Napa!
Antucura Cherie $16.00
A fascinating find for us here at Bitto! From high altitude vineyards in Argentina we found this sparkling Pinot Noir. Red fruits and earthy forest floor on the nose. Refreshing acidity, bubbly mousse on the palate with nuances of fruit and herbs. One to geek out over with your fellow nerds!
Wow, yes there is cheaper Malbec. There is cheaper everything. This is a focused, complex, intense wine that shows the high altitude with a core of acidic balance. Powerful sweet plum and blackcurrant fruit support a dark mocha and light vanilla stucture and the very full bodied taste loaded with spice and blackberries. The finish is long, lingering and velvety smooth. A great wine with anything coming off the grill.
Pascual Toso $25.00
This wine hails from Barrancas, a small town within Mendoza. It has a slightly warmer climate resulting in soft, ripe wines. This Cab shows black currant, tomato leaf, baking spices and cedarwood. Lovely tannin structure balanced with great acidity. This will definitely pair well with hard salty cheeses or your next steak dinner.
Catena Zapata Nicolas $119.00
Picture a blind tasting where some Argentinian cowboys (and cowgirls) destroy some French first growths, not just once but again and again. Pricey yet, but actually the lowest priced wine of this ratings pedigree by a wide margin. As in repeatedly kicks Haut Brion and Gaya’s butt.