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Old 04-27-2010, 02:00 PM   #1
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Default Very nice wine, but . . .

We had a really lovely wine last night, a Goulart Clásico malbec from Mendoza–Argentina.

But can you figure out why the large cap C on the label? (See the attachment.)

I do recommend the wine, but think they should probably buy glasses for the graphic designer.

Or am I missing something obvious?
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To differentiate it from "A" and "B"? '-}}

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Old 04-27-2010, 04:02 PM   #3
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Sheesh. I googled the goulart and found this guy:

http://michaelpinkusgg.blogspot.com/...argentina.html

Can't find foreign wines in the US? Is there some law restricting Canadian tourists to Walmart?

And

"This particular Malbec is loaded with lots of pepper and black fruit on the nose ... but what really gets up there (your nose) is the spiciness. As it opens up ..."

Your nose again? Have some Kleenex.

"it smooths right out with blackberries, cassis, chcolate,"

Which we spell oddly south of the border?

" spice, plum, vanilla, black cherry and a pleasant herb and spice finish."

Spice thrice, eh? If you can't spell "chocolate" would you care to have a go at "thesaurus"?

But peek here:
http://winebuyer.files.wordpress.com...lartprint2.jpg

C is apparently for Classico, as R is for Reserva. But the letter to name mapping does seem inconsistent.

   
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C is apparently for Classico, as R is for Reserva. But the letter to name mapping does seem inconsistent.
That is really dumb. But thanks — I should have done that myself.

It makes no sense, graphically speaking — unless, of course, you have all the different wines from the company sitting there on a shelf. That’s pretty unlikely for ordinary people, if you ask me.

   
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To differentiate it from "A" and "B"? '-}}
I think you understand the logic better than I do (see Steve’s report).

Oh, well. Sure tasted good.

   
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kt: I think you understand the logic better than I do (see Steve’s report).
LOL!!


>>Oh, well. Sure tasted good.

That's the important thing because you can always get rid of the annoying bottle by putting duct tape around the label, pouring it in another bottle or...just drinking it all up in one go...'-}}

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It doesn't make a lot of sense logically speaking. They seem to have different lines (Classico, Reserva) with different varietals within the lines (Merlot, Cab). I'd expect the big letter to indicate one or the other. Apparently they don't feel the need.

OTOH, the place where we usually get wine does tend to group by brand rather than by type, so the various lettered bottles might well land together there. So if it made more sense, it might make a modicum of sense.

   
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They seem to have different lines (Classico, Reserva)
Those names are only an indication of age is cask (or at least, they are in Spain); the full description of the grape, grower, etc. (generally thought to be important) are at the bottom of the bottle, printed from bottom upwards, so it can be read if the bottle is in a rack—or could be, if it weren't hidden. Nice design, blow the information.

By the way, is cab cabernet sauvignon or cabernet franc?

   
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The C in this case is for Classico. If it was the 2009 the reports I have seen are impressive. We have drunk some Vina Cobos Felino Malbec which I believe is from a nearby vineyard. I don't remember the label, but from my tasting notes it was really good.

We are exploring new Chilean winemakers at the moment - I can thoroughly recommend the Carmenére 2008 from the Mistral winery in the Central Valley, where the winemaker is Soledad Mello. Absolutely delicious, this is likely to be our "find of the year". And only around £7 a bottle, too.

Well, you have started me off on one of my favourite subjects...

   
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Yes, it was the 2009. The N.Y. Times had a timely article on Argentinian malbecs in today’s dining section: “Argentina Opens the Tap for Malbec” by wine columnist Eric Asimov.

I get the impression he and his team do not especially like malbecs, but they do grudgingly pick out 10, ranging from $18 to $50. Jack and I have long loved good Cahors, and are glad to see so many malbecs from Argentina!

   
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