Bodega ELENA de Mendoza 2010 Red Blend

This family of fine wine is named after the matriarch who came from Italy, Elena Napoli.

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Bodega ELENA de Mendoza    Argentina

2010    RED BLEND

62% Malbec    21% Syrah     17% Bonarda


This family has developed some of my top wines from Argentina. The Malbec and

the Red Blend from Bodega Elena de Mendoza are my favorites.


According to wikipedia, the “legs” or  “tears” of wine that run down the inside of

the wine glass are a sign of low alcohol. The heavier the legs, the lower the alcoholic

content of the wine. If this is in fact true, then these wines are low in alcohol and big

in flavor.


This Red Blend, like it’s sister Malbec, are loaded with solid flavors. Not too sweet.

Not too dry, but just right. These wines will slowly undress for your tongue,

landing softly, pleasure your taste buds and leave you wanting another sip.


Priced under $10.

MALBEC Review – Espuela del Gaucho Reserve 2012

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This tasty limited edition Malbec was also grown and bottled in the  Mendoza region of Argentina.

Imported by WX Imports, Novato, CA



Another fine Malbec that is now on my Top 5 Malbec list. Not as good as my favorite, Bodega de

ELENA, but gets close. This wine is a 2012, so maybe it needs a year, but still was a very good selection.

The Espuela del Gaucho has unique, slow running, heavy legs. It carries a lighter body, landing gently

on the tongue, joyfully leaving hints of mixed berries grown in the fresh Andes air and then drifts away.


Another quality Malbec, that any California cab or merlot drinker would enjoy for under $12.


Malbec – TERRAZAS de los Andes 2010


Another fine wine from the Mendoza region nestled in Argentina. 


       TERRAZAS  de  los  Andes    Reserva     Malbec 2010

Produced and bottled by Terrazas de los Andes, Argentina


Selected grapes of the Mendoza region terraces, found a little more than 1,000

meters above sea level,  make their way into this wine. The selectivity of this

wine is probably why it is imported by the Moet Hennessy company.

Personally, this wine is almost as good as my still favorite Malbec, Bodega de

ELENA. The Terrazas is kind of similar to the Elena, but I found it to be a touch

lighter in body and flavor when landing on the tongue. The Terrazas is flowery

and fruity. Perhaps the Terrazas could be imagined as a merlot version of the

Elena if it were imagined as a cabernet of the same vinter.

The Terrazas is a good wine, reasonably priced and will be gone before the

bottles of Mondavi that other people brought to the party.

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Malbec – Cupcake 2011

Grown in Mendoza, Argentina.

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Cupcake 2011

Imported by Cupcake Vineyards, Livermore, CA


Grown at 2,400 feet under the shadow of the snow covered Andes mountains,

this Mendoza region wine is more talk than action. The flavors mentioned on

the back of the label mention flavors of plums, raspberries and a dark chocolate

flourless cupcake. Really?

Priced in the reasonable to cheap catagory, but you get what you pay for in this case.

Prefer the Sensual or Robert Mondavi over this Cupcake.


Malbec – Redwood Creek 2011

Raised in Mendoza, Argentina

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Malbec taste test

Imported by Redwood Creek Winery, Modesto, CA


I wanted to like this wine but felt it was just not quite as good as the

Robert Mondavi PS  ’11 or Sensual ’12. Not sure why. Same grape,

same region, same year.


This wine’s taste was much like the Sensual and Mondavi but there was a slight

shift that did not work in the Redwood Creek’s favor. The price is about the

same so if I had my option, I’d choose the others.

Malbec – Robert Mondavi Private Selection 2011

Mendoza, Malbec  Product of Argentina

Red Wine Review
2011 Private Reserve

Imported by CWUS Imports, Acampo, CA


Another reasonably priced, Mendoza raised wine. This tastes very similar to the

Sensual 2012 used as my Malbec standard to compare the other wines.


Grapey, but not overly. OK. Not sweet. Kind of flat. Short tongue life. On the heavy side ala

a Cabernet Sauvignon.

Malbec – SENSUAL 2012

Malbec - Sensual 2012Produced & bottled by Valentin Bianchi, Mendoza, Argentina

Imported by Quintessential LLC, Napa

Reasonably priced, nicely painted and cheesily named, this Mendoza raised wine is

the Malbec the Dude of Food used as my standard to compare the other wines.


Grapey, but not overly. OK. Not sweet. Kind of flat. Short tongue life. On the heavy side ala

a Cabernet Sauvignon.