Sunday, March 21, 2010

***+ $$ La Posta Cocina Blend, Mendoza, Argentina, 2006 - Wine Tasting & Review

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Original Review, April, 2008: The La Posta Cocina Blend is 60% malbec, and 20% each bonarda and syrah from Mendoza, Argentina. It is deep, ruddy magenta in the glass.
It is very fruity, rich and oaked on the nose, just a touch of funk.

On the palate, there is a blast of violet plum, tannic, big and alcoholic. Raspberry overtones in the somewhat acidic finish. Three stars of five.

Jay Miller of Wine Advocate gave this 90 points, writing, "The 2006 Cocina Blend... was sourced from three regions of Mendoza, and aged for 10 months in 70% French and 30% American oak, 20% new. Purple-colored, it offers notes of cedar, spice box, pencil lead, blueberry, and black cherry. On the palate gamy notes emerge to accompany the sweet fruit. Easy-drinking and seamless, this tasty wine can be enjoyed over the next 5 years. All four of the La Posta wines are outstanding values."

Updated Review, almost two years later, March, 2010:   Still deep magenta in the glass.  Sweet bright purple nose still, no funk.  On the palate, full sweetness and a smooth, sweet blackberry styling.  Still solid three stars.

With a long decant, another full day, kept cool:  Funky violet plum now in the nose.  Sweet, full, sleek blackberry and minerals.  Picks up another half star for intensity and grip after the decant.

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