Sunday, September 28, 2014

Review: **** $$$ Vina Alicia Tiara, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina, 2009

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Mendoza, Argentina, is a well-known winemaking region, but most often known for its malbecs and cabernet sauvignons.  Today, we are sampling a significantly different mix of grape varietals from the region.

Original tasting and review : This is Vina Alicia Tiara, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina, 2009, finished at 13.5% alcohol, a white wine blend first sampled five years from vintage date, in September, 2014.  It is a blend of 50% riesling, 40% albarino and 10% savagnin.

In the glass: Golden yellow.

On the nose: Poured at cellar temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright stainless steel, grasses and sweet hay.  From the aroma, seems like this will be flavorful and sweet.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact thick, rich, bright with fruit, but almost succulent in mouthfeel.  Shows peach, honey, hints of fresh butterscotch.  Finish cascades nicely, with whispers of acids creeping up into your cheeks as the sip slowly fades.

In summary: Overall, rates four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Awesome white blend from a most uncommon collection of varietals.

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