Latino Leaders’ cellar
Big and robust red Argentineans are impressing wine lovers everywhere, like the Nicolas Catena Zapata I review below, a wine you’ll never forget. As you will never forget that a Latino (Shafer Vineyards’ Elias Fernandez) is making one of the most impressive wines in California. But, as for Bordeaux, a medium sized Chateau is becoming one of the most valuable treasures: Pichon Baron Longueville; its 1999 vintage is heaven for Bordeaux lovers.
Stags’ Leap, Napa Valley Merlot 2001.
Powerful and silky, it reveals a good structure that precedes lots of ripe black fruit. Spices, chocolate, and even ripe plum aromas lead to delicate and concentrated notes of fruit, mocha and berries. Experts compare this vintage to the classic 1997. Try it with a juicy steak, grilled salmon, or even a pastrami sandwich. $32.00
Casa Noble Reposado Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico.
This much-awarded tequila has been classified by the Mexican Academy of Tequila as one of the best in its category. Aged for a short period of time in oak barrels, its wonderful notes of tobacco and vanilla wrap a pure and powerful agave flavor. Complex and yet defined leads to delicate orange peel, pecan, and even caramel flavors with the accent of the classic earthy and dusty smoked hints of double distilled tequila. Delicious as an aperitif or with spicy Mexican food, such as salsa, barbacoa tacos, and mole poblano. $55.00
Nicolas Catena Zapata, Mendoza, Argentina 2000.
Dark and dense reddish rays escape light shone through it. But this muscular wine is almost chewy. It’s delicacy on the palate explodes into ripe red berries, pepper, and tobacco flavors, Silky and smooth it develops complex layers of diverse flavors that emerge from your glass as you swirl: mocha, mint, ripe black cherries, and even some violets. Full bodied and beautifully structured, it kicks like a black stallion galloping the Argentinean Pampas. Try it alone, it deserves it! $90.00
Shafer Vineyards “Firebreak,” Napa Valley.
Ruby red and crisp, almost bloody with nice sweet peppers, black pepper, and red fruit aromas. Big tannins, well structured and balanced, this 93% Sangiovese based wine is a great discovery. Its flavors evolve to elegant notes of cocoa, toasted almond, and lots and lots of fruit with delicate oaky touches. An exquisite new style of wine that will increase your love for powerful California reds. Delicious with a rack of lamb, BBQ ribs, or even a grilled gourmet hamburger with blue cheese. $35.00
Chateau Pichon Baron Longueville, Paulliac Bordeaux, 1999.
A beautiful wine; a classic that shows the true value of a good Bordeaux. Intense, reddish, and delicate, its flavors evolve and develop in the glass as you drink it. Red ripe fruit spices, humid herbal notes, and mineral hints build up to an enormous and elegant wine. Sipping it, you can witness the centuries of experience and artistry of the wines of Bordeaux. Magnifique! Try it with a roasted leg of lamb, steak au poivre, or a good fillet mignon. $65.00
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