Sunday, April 15, 2012

Updated Rating: *** $$ Bodegas Nieto Senetiner Don Nicanor Blend, Mendoza, Argentina, 2007 - Wine Review

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Initial review, by way of background, January, 2011: This is Bodegas Nieto Senetiner Don Nicanor Blend, Mendoza, Argentina, 2007, finished at 13.5% alcohol. Contains 34% cabernet sauvignon, 33% malbec and 33% merlot.

In the glass:  Don Nicanor Blend is deep, brilliant ruby red in the glass. 

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, the nose seems to bring a fiery port-like alcohol lift, far surpassing the modest 13.5% alcohol.  Raisins and over-ripe black cherries predominate.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are sweet though balanced deep fruity middle, showing muddled ripe blackberry with light oak and tannin overlays.  Plums come through on the mid-length finish.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.
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Updated review, over a year later,   April, 2012:  Deep magenta, opaque in the center.  Some over-oxidized broccoli notes push the fruit aside on the nose.  Dry raisin and prune fruit hits the mid-palate, yielding and full.  Ready to drink at five years from vintage date.

Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: Less broccoli on the nose - it has moderated to celery: much better.   The raisins are more compelling now on the mid-palate, full and deep with solid tannins and good extraction.  Finish is lengthy, full and clean.

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