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Andrew Bernardo

Andrew Bernardo

Bramare

Viña Cobos Bramare Malbec 2014

Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
6 days ago

Andrew scored this wine: 94/100

Just when I’m ready to throw in the towel on (most) Argentine Malbecs, I drink an offering from Cobos and it settles my nerves. The 2014 Bramare reaches near classic quality, with a core of black fruit, decayed violets, coffee, smoke, and dark chocolate. There’s spice and rolled tobacco, along with mulled blackberry on the finish. Malbec done extremely right. 94 Points.

7 days ago

Andrew scored this wine: 91/100

A stunning offering. I’m a huge fan of the other bottlings of Mendoza, namely Estrecho. This wine is brooding with lots of red and black briar, plum, herbs, roasted meat, and decayed flowers. 91 Points.

Viña Tondonia 2005

Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain
10 days ago

Andrew scored this wine: 93/100

Every vintage this wine impresses. At 15 years old it has just hit its mark, with beautiful cherry, tobacco, leather, herbs and tomato leaf. Highly aromatic, pretty and sensual. 93 Points.

13 days ago

Andrew scored this wine: 96/100

This is now the best Zin I’ve ever tasted, leaving a Valdez Simoncini bottling in the rear view mirror. It’s incredibly lithe, with the fruit, oak and tannin moving together seamlessly. There black briar fruit is supported by warm spice, vanilla, fresh herbs and flowers. It doesn’t cloy at all. Simply stunning. 96 Points.

Madrian

Domaine Mouréou Madrian 2014

Madiran, Southwest A.P., France
15 days ago

Andrew scored this wine: 92/100

This is blockbuster. And for only 18 bucks, reached the insanity category for me. There’s lots of black currant, plum skin, grilled herbs, grilled meat, chalky minerals, tar and iodine here. The nose delivers a flash of dried dark flowers and these persist all the way to the finish. Spectacular. Laplace is really crushing it in Madiran. 92 Points.

Andrew Bernardo

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1989 Chateau Bel-Air

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1961 De Montille Volnay

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