The 2009 Las Rocas is 100% Garnacha sourced from 80-year-old vines from the DO of Calatayud with 25% of the wine aged in wood. It is a forward, savory, ripe, succulent offering that should prove to be a crowd-pleaser. It is an outstanding value that will deliver enjoyment over the next 5 years.
Established in 1990, Laura Hartwig Winery is located in the heart of Chile’s Colchagua Valley, the so-called “Médoc” of Chile, owing to the classically structured Cabernets and Merlots produced on its deep, gravelly soils. The Laura Hartwig 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva comes from gnarly 32-year old vines planted on the estate’s oldest vineyard. The wine receives a lengthy Bordeaux-style maceration and fermentation to optimize complexity and style.
Refined, with a sweet, smoky undercurrent to the flavors of glazed pear, candied lemon zest and golden raisin, with a hint of marzipan. Racy acidity frames?but doesn't dominate'the wine, with a spicy note lingering on the finish.
Running over budget? Malbec to the rescue! Most of the best Malbecs are from Argentina, but this one is from France, and I like its Beaujolais-like joie de vivre.