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Saturday, August 15, 2009

2004 Bodegas Nieto Senetiner "Don Nicanor"

This wine from Mendoza, Argentina is a blend of 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Malbec, and 33% Merlot. It's hand harvested and aged in French oak for 12 months. Bodegas Nieto Senetiner is located in the heart of Lujan de Cuyo, in the Mendoza Province, which is known as "Primera Zona".

The bouquet of this wine is quite impressive and boasts layered and complex aromas of black plum, tea leaf, tobacco, black currant, black cherry, spice, pepper, and dark chocolate.

On the palate the wine is both powerful and spicy and displays flavors reminiscent of black currant, black plum, spice, black pepper, and cedar. There is some really nice black fruits but this wine is very rustic and shows it's peppery grip which is typically associated with Malbec from Argentina. The wine finishes with some nice black cherry flavors and some high percentage cacao - dark chocolate notes.

This is neat wine and has some very nice complexity. I think some might find it a bit too rustic and peppery though. I would love to see how it would pair with a flank steak with roasted veggies! 88 points

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