Elixir Wine Group Blog

South American Harvest Notes 2010

Kirk Ermisch - Wednesday, May 05, 2010

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Alberti 154 and Ca de Calle get noticed!

Kirk Ermisch - Tuesday, November 24, 2009

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SWG Adds Uruguyan and Mexican Wine Leaders

Kirk Ermisch - Saturday, September 12, 2009

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Carmelo Patti 2005 Malbec Has Arrived

Kirk Ermisch - Saturday, August 29, 2009

If you are looking for a gutsy, traditional style, terroir-driven Malbec bottling (something we come across less and less in these days of heavy extraction and new oak), you will be thrilled. While the wine shows plenty of the delicious boysenberry and plum fruit that make this varietal so popular, it is the wine's beguiling earthy, mushroomy notes and slippery texture that make it memorable. The timing cannot be better, as Carmelo's Malbec is perfect with fall foods - think roast chicken with fresh chantrelles or pumpkin risotto with guanciale. More...

Alberti 154 08 Malbec W.S. Daily Wine Pick

Kirk Ermisch - Saturday, August 29, 2009

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90 Points For Durigutti 2007 Malbec (WS)

Kirk Ermisch - Saturday, August 29, 2009

"Quite ripe and toasty, with a hefty dose of mocha and coffee laid over the fleshy dark plum, currant and blackberry fruit. This stays toasty through the finish, but it's well-integrated, with the fruit an equal match. Drink now through 2010." 5,800 cases made. –JM  More...

Tabali 2008 Sauvignon Blanc Now In Stock!

Kirk Ermisch - Saturday, June 27, 2009

After much anticipation, the 2008 vintage of Tabali Sauvignon Blanc Reserva is here. Load up the station wagon, as you will want to have this around all summer!  More...

Wine Spectator gives 90 Points to Ca de Calle 2007 Gran Reserva

Kirk Ermisch - Saturday, June 27, 2009

"Very polished, with a suave mocha note weaving through the crushed red plum, raspberry and boysenberry fruit, backed by a spicy note on the velvety finish. Drink now. 500 cases made." –JM  More...

Mendoza Harvest 2009

Kirk Ermisch - Tuesday, March 31, 2009

2009 harvest in Mendoza, Argentina is looking good so far. Flower set had some isolated issues with frost and winds earlier in the year, but it hasn't made much of a difference except for lowering final harvest yields. A hot February pushed sugars to early heights, but things have thus far mellowed and overall tannic ripeness is coming along quickly now. In some cases, some vineyards are about a week early compared to average, in other cases, harvest dates will be about even with average. Colors are showing in the winery to be intense and dark, early on in the ferments. With yields down, we are hoping that concentrations in fruit flavors will be even more intense than last year. Luckily, the harvest has been great with no rain and with warm days and cool nights.  Higher altitudes may prove to be the winners this year as they were less affected by the warm summer.  More...

Tanzer gives 91 Points to 05 Durigutti Malbec Reserva!

Kirk Ermisch - Tuesday, January 20, 2009

2005 Durigutti Malbec Reserva, Mendoza "Bright ruby-red. Complex, soil-driven aromas of blackberry, spices, licorice and fresh herbs; perfumed and enticing. Then juicy and intense in the mouth, with a crushed cassis flavor complicated by licorice and violet. A densely packed wine that's long on personality. Finishes with big, broad, dusty tannins and impressive lingering sweetness. An outstanding value." (International Wine Cellar, Jan 2009)  More...