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Three-in-one review of Familia Blanco’s wines

The Anuva Wine Tasting Blog has recently published not one, but three reviews of Familia Blanco’s wines. Read the Bradlye’s comments on Mairena Torrontes 2011, Mairena Bonarda 2010 and Mairena Bonarda Reserve 2008.

“It is with great pleasure that I review the wines of the Blanco Family. A true Mendocino family winery, Familia Blanco is in the final stages of construction of its own winery in Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, where they own the majority of their land (especially their famous Bonarda grapes that make their Mairena Bonarda!)

Mairena Torrontes 2011

We have recently begun serving the Mairena Torrontes at our wine tastings in Buenos Aires and it has been an absolute hit! […] Torrontes is actually an excellent wine for food pairings because of its unusual combination of aromas and flavors. The aromas tend to be quite sweet… and NOT what you get in the mouth of Torrontes which is usually quite dry (for ones made in this style). This is where you get descriptors like the ones for Mairena Torrontes: sweet honeysuckle, jasmine, daisy and orange blossom in the nose with apricot, peach, pear and grapefruit in the mouth… but bone dry. Try the Mairena Torrontes with Thai curry, sushi, any kind of fish really and appetizers.

Mairena Bonarda 2010

I absolutely raved in a post about the Mairena Bonarda 2009 (as well as nearly all of their other wines) and the 2010 is at the same level. The 2010 Mairena Bonarda has a lovely nose with a distinctively leathery aroma upon opening. After a few minutes a tart red cherry aroma evolves. In the mouth you have a lovely roundness with flavors of dried fig, tart cherry and smoke.

Mairena Bonarda Reserve 2008

Now I have spoken a lot about the terroir of the Blanco’s vineyard in Alto Ugarteche, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, but I have not spoken much about why this Reserve Bonarda is one of the best wines in Argentina.

The concentration and flavor profile are outstanding. You have a very deep purple color to the eye and on the nose a distinctive anis aroma stands out, with layers of black cherry, a hint of leather and whiff of smoke. In the mouth you have intense fruit flavor, concentration and layers. The fruits found are black cherry, cassis and blueberry on the finish. The finish is ever so long in this wine! Flavor for ages! The oak notes, from the 14 months in French oak barrels are in the realm of slight vanilla, a bit of toast and a bit more of cedar.”

Source: Anuva Wine Tasting Blog

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