Great Buys from Argentina

The bold flavors of Malbec from Argentina have become very popular in the United States. Most of the examples in this category that I have tasted, however, are too brash and high octane to be enjoyed for my taste. Every now and then I come across one that really impresses me. The 2012 Kaiken Ultra Malbec (Reg. $21.99 Sale $14.99 94 points is one of those Malbecs. While it has plenty of blueberry and blackberry fruit concentration like you would expect from Malbec, it is integrated nicely with complex, earthy flavors along with a long chocolaty finish. There was no heat from high alcohol or harsh tannins with the Kaiken Ultra like most Argentine Malbecs have. At the sale price of $14.99 each, it is the best buy in Malbec. If you would like to reserve a case of this wine at the special price of $170, please contact me at

In Bordeaux, Malbec is a blending grape – not a stand-alone variety. There are a few examples of Malbec based blends from Argentina that are done in a Bordeaux style that are very impressive. TheSwarovski family (makers of those crystal figurines and jewelry) which owns Bodega Norton in Argentina created a Bordeaux style blend called Privada. Initially, Privada was just served to family and friends of the Swarovski’s, but now Bodega Norton has a small commercial release available in the United States. The 2012 Bodega Norton Privada (Reg. $25.99 Sale $17.99 93 points Wine Spectator) is a blend of Malbec, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon that has both New World fruit concentration andOld World earthiness and complexity. Medoc meets Napa is one way to put its flavor profile. If you would like to reserve a case of this wine for the special price of $210, please contact me

2012 Bodega Norton at G.B. Russo & Son                 2012 Kaiken Ultra Malbec at G.B. Russo & Son

Time to Stock Your Cellar with 95 Point Rated Barolo

If you want to enjoy great Barolo from the best vintages, it takes some planning ahead. When the vast majority of Barolo is released, it is not ready to drink. When it is ready to drink, it is no longer available at retail. When a great vintage like 2010 comes along (the best of my lifetime) you don’t want to miss out. The 2010 Pio Cesare Barolo (Reg. $79.99 Sale $54.99 95 points Wine Advocate) is a terrific traditionally styled Barolo that needs a couple of years in the cellar first. It has a nice mix of berry fruit flavors, a rose petal floral aroma, and a mineral/earthy long finish. If you would like to reserve a six pack of this Barolo for the special price of $300, please contact me


2010 Pio Cesare Barolo at G.B. Russo & Son