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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Malbec World Day tasting, April 16, 2013

The Date and Time: Tuesday, April 16, 2013   2PM to 5PM

The Event: Malbec World Day; walk-around tasting

The Venue: Roy Thomson Hall lobby

The Target Audience: in the afternoon, the wine media; at night, wine customers of Vintages.

The Availability/Catalogue: 28 wineries were available for sampling. All the wines were available at the LCBO.

The Quote/Background:

The Wines: I did not taste every wine. Prices are LCBO RETAIL.


**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Bod Catena Zapata Chardonnay 2011 Mendoza, $19.95

-Bod Catena Zapata Argentino Malbec 2008 Mendoza, $110


***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (8890 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Bod Catena Zapata Malbec 2011 Mendoza, $19.95

-Alamos Seleccion Pinot Noir 2010 Mendoza, $16.95

-Bod Chakana Estate Selection Malbec 2011 Lujan de Cuyo, $19.95

-Bod Dante Robino Reserva Malbec 2009 Mendoza, $19.95

-Bod Don Cristobal 1492 Oak Reserve Shiraz 2010 Mendoza, $13.95

-Luigi Bosca Familia Arizu Finca La Linda Merlot, $13

-Luigi Bosca Familia Arizu Pinot Noir 2010 Mendoza, $17.95

-Merced del Estero Mil Vientos Torrontes 2011 San Juan, $15.95

-Domaine Jean Bousquet Grande Reserve Malbec 2010, $21.95

-Finca Las Moras Reserve Chardonnay 2011 San Juan, $12.95

-Finca Las Moras Black Label Bonarda 2010 San Juan, $15.95

-Graffigna Centenario Reserve Pinot Grigio 2012 San Juan, $12.95

-Graffigna Grand Reserve Malbec 2010 San Juan, $17.95

-Nieto Senetiner Gran Reserva Malbec/Petit Verdot 2010 Mendoza, $17.95


*** GOOD -- Three Stars (8587 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Alamos Malbec Mendoza, $13.95

-Alamos Seleccion Malbec 2010 Mendoza, $16.95

-Bod Benegas Juan Benegas Malbec 2010 Mendoza, $14.95

-Algodon Wine Estates Bonarda 2008, $19.95

-Luigi Bosca Familia Arizu Malbec 2010, $18.05

-Bod Septima Septimo Dia Malbec 2011, $15.95

-Fabre Montmayou Reserva Malbec 2011, $15.95

-Domaine Jean Bousquet Cabernet Sauvignon Organic 2010, $12.95

-Dominio Del Plata Essential Malbec 2011, $15.95

-Dominio Del Plata Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, $19.95

-Familia Zuccardi Organica Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, $13.95

-Finca Agostino Inicio Torrontes 2011, $13.95

-Finca Remolinos Vineyard Malbec 2010, $22.95

-Pascual Toso Alta Reserve Malbec 2009 Mendoza, $32.95

-Trivento Amado Sur Malbec/Bonarda/Syrah 2010, $16.95


The Food: empanadas, breads.

The Downside: it was tough to taste through a lot of high-fueled Malbec wines, but there were some other wines too.

The Upside: a nice quiet spot for the media to cogitate with no interferences.

The Contact Person:

The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 91

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